Within the framework of a plea bargain, Khatib pleaded guilty to the charges in exchange for a reduced charge. The charge of aiding an enemy was reduced to conspiracy.
The court also sentenced Khatib to one year of probation.
Khatib contacted a Hezbollah agent several times over the past five years, meeting with the Hezbollah agent in Turkey and Denmark. According to their instructions, he then shared intelligence regarding the locations of rocket explosion sites in the north during the Second Lebanon War and was asked to provide information about additional strategic installations.
During one of these meetings the Hezbollah representative even asked Khatib to take photos of the strategic installations but he refused for fear of being caught by Israeli authorities.
Last year, he was asked to provide information about the security arrangements in place for President Shimon Peres ' visit to his town.
Khatib was arrested last year following a Shin Bet investigation and he later pleaded guilty to the charges in a plea bargain that did not include any arrangements regarding his eventual sentencing.
In his verdict the judge mentioned that the original charge – aiding an enemy in a time of war – usually receives a life sentence and is even punishable by death, and added that conspiracy to commit a crime is also a serious charge.
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