Israeli Arab recruited by Iran arrested for espionage and terrorism

BREAKING – Cleared for publication: In a joint operation the Shin Bet and the Israeli Police arrested a Muslim terrorist with Israeli citizenship who was recruited by Iran for espionage and terror activities.

The investigation by the Shin Bet and the police revealed that the Muslim terrorist had been in secret contact with Iranian intelligence officials and with a senior terrorist of the Lebanese Popular Front terror group Khaled Yamani, who worked for Iran.

The Shin Bet revealed that the Muslim terrorist met several times with Iranian intelligence agencies. He received funds, training, covert encryption tools and codes to communicate with his handlers after returning to Israel.

As a part of the terrorist’s meeting with his handlers, he was asked to provide information on many issues, including security and strategic sites in Israel, how to deepen the rifts within Israeli society, finding other Muslim terrorists among Israeli Arabs and carrying out terror attacks against Israeli targets.

“The results of the investigation indicate the depth of ties between Iran and the Popular Front, and their efforts to carry out espionage and terrorist activities within Israel, even during the global confrontation with the coronavirus epidemic that has spread so badly in Iran. This investigation once again demonstrates that Iran and its envoys are active in recruiting and exploiting Israeli civilians,” the Shin Bet said