Shin Bet: Iran attempted to create a spy network throughout Israel
The Shin Bet, IDF and Israel Police have uncovered an attempt by Iranian intelligence to establish a spy network in Israel, it was cleared for publication on Wednesday.
Over the past few months, Iranian terrorists attempted to establish an information-gathering network in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Gaza, the Shin Bet reveals in a statement.
According to the Shin Bet, the network operated from Syria and directed by Iran, attempted to recruit terrorists using fake Facebook accounts and messaging applications.
The agents were asked to gather intelligence on IDF bases, sensitive security installations, police stations, personnel, hospitals, etc, as part of preparations to carry out terror attacks in Israel.
As of April 2019, a broad counter-terror operation was implemented against recruits in Israel and Judea and Samaria in which a number of Israeli-Arabs were involved, after intelligence indicated that they had been contacted and recruited by Iranian handlers.
The recruits transferred information to their handlers in Syria and stated their intention to carry out terror attacks against Israeli targets, both civilian and military.
“Using social networks is a method known to intelligence agencies as being used by terrorist organizations, including Hamas and Hezbollah to recruit activists,” the Shin Bet said adding that any Israeli who receives a request from someone that he suspects is related to a terror group is requested to update the police and to disconnect from that party immediately.