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Israeli Arab Jailed for Spying on IDF Chief of Staff

An Israeli Arab, convicted of spying for Hizbullah on IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi in a health club, was sentenced to 68 months in prison.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 4/6/2010, 4:34 PM / Last Update: 4/6/2010, 4:40 PM

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A Petach Tikva court Wednesday morning sentenced an Israeli Arab to 68 months in prison for spying for Hizbullah on IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi in a health club in Kfar Saba last year. The spy, Rawi Sultani, 23, also was an activist in the Balad Arab political party.

He worked out in the Country Club training room, the same facility used by the Chief of Staff, and passed on to Hizbullah operatives details about the general’s schedule. He handed over the information to a Hizbullah operative in Poland after having been recruited by the terrorist organization at an Arab summer camp in Morocco, where he was a delegate for the Balad party.

While in Poland, he showed the Hizbullah terrorist representative a film he had prepared on the Second Lebanon War and turned over information about access to the gym and security arrangements.

The court noted that the data Sultani collected "was a very serious matter because it dealt with the personal safety of the Chief of Staff.”

Intelligence officials estimated that Hizbullah was interested in assassinating the Chief of Staff in revenge for the elimination of the terrorist party’s mastermind commander, Imad Mughinyeh, two years ago.