Israeli, Palestinian Indicted for Spying in Israeli Territory

A Shin Bet investigation leads to the arrest of a Tel Aviv area resident suspected of gathering intel on military bases and the Iron Dome system

Amos Harel
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A joint operation between the IDF, police and Shin Bet targeted a Hamas cell in the West Bank last month.
A joint operation between the IDF, police and Shin Bet targeted a Hamas cell in the West Bank last month.Credit: IDF
Amos Harel
Amos Harel

Israel pressed charges Thursday against an Israeli and a Gaza resident for "grave security offenses," a police statement said. 

The suspects, who were arrested in a joint operation of the Shin Bet and Israel Police in November, include a 30-year-old Jaffa resident and a Gaza resident with an entry permit to Israel. Both were arrested on suspicion of spying on behalf of Hamas.

The Shin Bet investigation in November revealed that the two were both recruited by Hamas in Gaza, where they met their handlers to receive assignments.

According to the indictment, Gaza resident Mahmoud Ahmad was reportedly recruited in 2019 and tasked with gathering information about the Iron Dome system across the country. According to the Shin Bet, he secretly photographed IDF soldiers in the southern city of Ashkelon.

Jaffa resident Hassin Biari revealed that he was recruited in the past year and gathered information on military bases IDF soldiers and the Iron Dome system, reportedly posing as a food delivery worker, according to the police statement.

He was also tasked with inciting Arab Israelis against Israeli authorities, and preparing Molotov cocktails for protests. 

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