Israel: Iranian Intelligence Operating in West Bank

(Ha'aretz) Yotam Berger - The Israel Security Agency said Wednesday that it had uncovered an Iranian intelligence operation in the West Bank. Mohammed Maharmeh, 29, from the Hebron area, was recruited into Iranian intelligence in 2015 when he visited a relative, Bahar Maharmeh, who resides in South Africa. Bahar introduced Mohammed several times to Iranian agents, "some of whom came from Tehran to meet him." Mohammed was tasked with terror attacks against Israeli targets including recruiting a suicide bomber and a cell that would carry out shooting attacks. Mohammed Maharmeh recruited two operatives from Hebron - Nur Maharmeh and Diaa Sarahana, both 22 - and in return he received $8,000 from Iran. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed that "Iran is employing terrorism against Israel, not just by assisting terror organizations such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad, but also through attempts to organize terror attacks inside Israeli territory."

2018-01-03 00:00:00

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