Attorney: Shin Bet No Longer Believes Fahima Constitutes Threat

Tali Fahima strikes plea bargain, admits to contacting Al-Aqsa militants with intention of harming state security.

Prosecution and defense attorneys on Wednesday morning announced they have reached a plea bargain deal that, if approved by the court, would bring an end to legal proceedings against pro-Palestinian activist Tali Fahima an Israeli Jew.

Fahima's attorney, said Wednesday that the Shin Bet security service no longer believes that her client poses a threat to state security.

The most serious charge against Fahima - aiding an enemy in time of war - has been dropped. The state also dropped other charges against her, including supporting a terrorist organization and weapons possession.

In exchange for the dropping of charges, Fahima admitted to maintaining contacts with a foreign agent with the intention of harming state security. She also admitted to passing information to the enemy and to violating a legal order forbidding the entry of Israelis into Palestinian Authority-controlled territory.

Fahima was originally accused of translating and reading to Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades members sensitive material the Israel Defense Forces had lost during an operation in the West Bank city of Jenin in May 2004.

She entered the Jenin area in May 2004 in violation of a military order and stayed there for two weeks. She accompanied Zaqaria Zubeidi, the commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades in the Jenin refugee camp, who was on Israel's wanted list for terror acts and was described by the prosecution as a "foreign agent."

Fahima, who lived for a period of time with Zubeidi, allegedly met Al-Aqsa activists and told the media she intended to serve as Zubeidi's human shield to prevent the Israeli security forces from targeting him.

During an IDF operation in Jenin that same month, a soldier lost top secret material with details of wanted Palestinian militants. Zubeidi's men got hold of the material and Fahima, who was allegedly in Zubeidi's house in Jenin at the time, read the material aloud, explaining what it said about capturing or killing the wanted men and the aerial photos showing the access routes to their homes.

Zubeidi allegedly ordered the wanted men to go into hiding, and the IDF troops failed to capture them. Fahima was also charged with violating a legal order by entering the territories after she had been released from custody. She was arrested while disguised as a local woman.

The two sides agreed Fahima would receive a three-year prison sentence. She also received a suspended sentence that would go into effect if she violated any order forbidding entry into closed military zones.

"I am sure that she regrets what happened in terms of the consequences, but at the time she regarded it as legitimate political activity and this is how she sees it," said Ben Natan.

Since Fahima was held in detention for nearly a year during the course of legal proceedings against her, this period would be deducted from her remaining prison time. If the court adopts the plea bargain deal, Fahima would have less than one year of prison time to serve.

The state prosecution said it attaches great importance to Fahima's admission of guilt.

In September, the Prisons Service discovered the PA had been helping to finance Fahima's purchases at the prison canteen.

The PA routinely deposits money into the accounts of security prisoners, who are generally Palestinians charged with involvement in terrorism.

But a recent Prisons Service check of prisoners' accounts, conducted to comply with a new law against money laundering, revealed that Fahima has also been receiving NIS 300 a month from the PA during the summer months.