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Iran tried to spy on Israel under the guise of businesses activity

Iran tried to spy on Israel under the guise of businesses activity

The Iranian intelligence tried to create a terrorist network in Israel by interacting with Israeli businesses, the Shin Bet security agency and the Israel Police revealed on Thursday.

Investigators say a Jordanian 32-year-old man, Taer Shaafut, whose family is from Hebron, was recruited to carry out undercover activities and was sent to Israel on Iranian orders.

He was told to engage in business activity in Israel, with the goal of setting up an Iranian network that could be used for malicious activity against the Jewish state.

The Iranian operatives who were in charge of the operation hoped that his activity in Israel would help them gain access to communities in Judea and Samaria and allow them to recruit spies.

Shaafut engaged in business activity and began recruiting people to help him collect information on Israel. He also proposed to build a special factory in Jordan to make his activity seem more legitimate and was supposed to go to Iran to coordinate further activity.

He was recently arrested and put on trial in a military court.