Israel nabs Iranian spying in Tel Aviv

Monday, September 30, 2013 |  Nina Giesecke

Israel’s “Shabak”, the local equivalent of the FBI, has arrested an Iranian national with ties to local terrorist organizations.

Ali Mansouri, 55, was nabbed at Ben Gurion International Airport after entering the country on a Belgian passport. Israeli intelligence flagged Mansouri as having been successfully recruited by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

Mansouri had already managed to visit Israel a number of times using his Belgian passport, which he obtained thanks to his previous marriage to a Belgian woman.

During his time in the Holy Land, Mansouri used business meetings to cover up his true agenda: identifying targets for terrorist attacks. For example, Mansouri was found to have taken numerous photos of the American Embassy in Tel Aviv.

According to the Shabak, Iran has offered one million dollars to anyone willing to spy on Israel. Iranian nationals with foreign passports are prime candidates for recruitment.

Iran was irritated by the timing of the report, claiming it was nothing but an attempt to make the Islamic Republic look bad at a time when it is trying to cozy up to the West.

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