Israel was not involved. The FBI just used the name to lend credibility to their sting. He'd done business with the Israelis before. The money offered was just a farm subsidy for the information to be harvested.
Ofir Akunis officially replaces Danny Danon as minister of science, technology, and space (Haaretz)
from the article: U.S. arrests ex-NASA scientist over bid to spy for Israel