Former Arab MK accused of feeding Hizballah targets

Thursday, May 03, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Former Israeli Arab lawmaker Azmi Bishara stands accused of helping Lebanon's Hizballah to identify targets in northern Israel during last summer's war.

That according to details of an investigation that were released for publication Wednesday when an Israeli court fully lifted a gag order on the proceedings.

Investigators say that Bishara passed information regarding sensitive locations in northern Israel to Hizballah in exchange for a large sum of money. Hizballah then used that information in the thousands of rocket attacks it launched against Israel during the 34-day conflict.

As the fighting raged, many in Israel expressed surprise at the accuracy with which Hizballah was able to strike certain isolated targets in the north of the country.

Bishara has long maintained close ties with both Hizballah and its patrons in Damascus, and often visited the Syrian capital to show solidarity with the enemies of Israel.

Bishara fled Israel early last month when it became clear that authorities intended to remove him from public office and possibly sentence him to a lengthy jail term. He later appeared at the Israeli embassy in Cairo to tender his resignation from the Knesset and accuse the Israeli police and media of "persecuting" him.

Police officials have said they will arrest Bishara on sight if he returns to Israel.

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