Daily Israel Report

Israeli Weapons Dealers Arrested for Selling F-4 Parts to Iran

Israeli weapons dealers arrested for allegedly trying to sell F-4 jet engines to Iran.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 2/20/2014, 2:39 PM

F-4 Phantom
F-4 Phantom
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Two Israeli weapons dealers have been arrested for attempting to sell military hardware to Iran, as reported by a Greek paper earlier this week. On Thursday, IDF censors lifted a gag order on making the report public in Israel.

The weapons dealers were named as Avichai Weinstein and Eli Cohen, who own the RSP company in Binyamina.

According to the report Monday, the two attempted to send Iran replacement parts for a Phantom F-4 warplane. The two allegedly attempted to send the parts via Greece.

They were reportedly caught due to an investigation conducted by the United States government along with Greek authorities.  Authorities found two shipments had been made, one in December 2012 and one in April 2013.

Greek authorities found containers holding F-4 engine parts. The parts had been sent via a fake Greek company, headed by a British citizen who has not yet been located.

The report has yet to be confirmed by any official Israeli source.

The alleged attempted weapons sale was made at the height of tension over Iran’s nuclear program.