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Indictment: Israeli officer offered to spy for Iran

Shin Bet arrests Israeli reserve major who approached Iranians, Hamas offering to cooperate and provide information in exchange for money

An Israeli man who offered his services to foreign intelligence agencies, including Iran, was arrested by the Shin Bet and the Police International Investigation Unit. He was indicted at the Tel Aviv District Court Friday for attempting to spy for an enemy state, establishing contact with a foreign agent and disruption of proceedings.


The man, 46, a resident of central Israel is a Psychiatry doctor who serves as a reserve major on the IDF's medical division. According to the indictment, he presented himself to enemy agencies as an IDF officer who can provide information in exchange for financial rewards.


A search conducted at the man's house uncovered documents attesting to his attempts to contact various foreign bodies abroad, security sources reported.


According to the defense establishment, the suspect admitted in his investigation that in April 2007 he contacted the Iranian Foreign Ministry via email, presented himself as an Israeli citizen and IDF officer and noted that he had ties with prominent figures and companies in the country, including firms with security clearance.


He expressed his interest to cooperate with the Iranians, and stated he was willing to provide further details. Several days later, the suspect received a reply from the Iranians, but the cooperation never materialized.


The investigation also revealed that in August the suspect sent a fax to the Iranian consulates in London and Turkey making a similar offer, and after he received no reply, tried to approach the Iranians again in October.


On November 3, the suspect sent an email to Hamas' al-Azhar University in Gaza in which he expressed his desire to "join the resistance."


פרסום ראשון: 11.23.07, 09:06
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