August 31, 2009, - 2:03 pm
The biggest shocker in this story is not that an Arab resident of Israel–23-year-old Rawi Sultani– spied on Israel for an Islamic terrorist group. There are plenty more where he came from and I’m confident we have plenty here in the United States, not just Nada Nadim Prouty.
Rawi Sultani Spied For Hezbollah on IDF’s Ashkenazi @ Gym
The biggest shocker is that Gabi Ashkenazi, Chief of Staff of the IDF, would work out at a publicly-accessible gym and not in a special Israeli military gym. You’d think the Israelis would be more security conscious than that for his safety. But you’d be wrong. (Not that we do it differently here. I worked out at the same gym as the Michigan FBI chief, but the only “intelligence” I reported on this site was that he never cleaned up the treadmills after he drenched them with his sweat. He worked out there, despite the FBI’s own very well-equpped and secure gym–can’t be caught working out with the little people agents.)
Sultani, arrested following a complex and involved investigation carried out by the International Crimes National Investigation Unit, was indicted for offences against national security, including transferring information for the benefit of the enemy, contact with a foreign agent, and conspiring to commit a crime.
Sultani, who works out at the same gym as the chief of staff in Kfar Saba, passed on information to his Hezbollah operators via email and meetings abroad. . . .
According to the indictment issued by the Central District Prosecution, initial contact between Sultani and a Hezbollah operative was made when Sultani attended a youth camp in Morocco in August 2008. While there, he befriended Salman Harb, a Lebanese youth who reportedly revealed to him that he was active in Hezbollah. During their meeting, Sultani told the operative that he works out at the same gym as the IDF chief of staff. At this stage, he was not asked to take any action, only to stay in contact with the Hezbollah youth.
Later, the Hezbollah operative wrote to Sultani to invite him to Poland. Sultani left for Poland in December, where he met with the operative’s brother, Sami Harb. Sultani was told that Salman could not get an entry visa to Poland. Sami asked Sultani at the beginning of their Poland meeting to provide him with information on IDF bases and soldiers. Towards the end of the meeting, he started asking him questions about Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi.
He asked about the location of the gym, including its various workout machines and their characteristics, ways of accessing the gym, entrance protocol for members and guests, gym security arrangements, the location of security guards and how they were armed.
Sultani also transferred to Harb’s brother various ways of accessing the country club at which he and the chief of staff work out. In addition, he told the operative’s brother what at what times the chief of staff usually works out, whom he comes to the gym with, and what clothes he wears. . . .
Sultani returned to Israel and continued to be in contact with the Hezbollah operative. Sultani was arrested in December for investigation. He admitted to meeting with Hezbollah representatives in Poland and to providing them information on Ashkenazi. . . .
Sultani’s father, Attorney Fuad Sultani, said that his son was exploited and that he is innocent. “My son was maliciously exploited by these agents. The accusations are apparently politically-based,” said the senior Sultani, who is representing his son.
Supposedly, Hezbollah initiated this particular spying operation in an attempt to get revenge for the assassinated Hezbollah mastermind and head of armed operations, Imad Mughniyeh, which it believes was the work of the Israelis. What isn’t mentioned here is how the Israelis discovered Rawi Sultani’s spying. I’d bet they had an informant, to whom he blabbed. That’s usually how it works.
Oh, and by the way, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that they picked a guy whose father is an Arab Israeli lawyer, knowledgeable in the ways of how to get his son out of this. His father may have even been in on it.
This is the way they do things. They’re very clever. And we Westerners are very stupid . . . willingly so.
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