Israeli-Arab Hezbollah Agent Gathered Intel on Peres Security Arrangements
An Israeli-Arab man has been indicted on charges of operating as an agent for Hezbollah, Israel Hayom reported. Among the activities he was alleged to have carried out was collecting information on security arrangements for Israeli President Shimon Peres during the latter’s visit to an Arab village in the Galilee.
The indictment against Milad Khatib, 26, a resident of Majd al-Kurum in the Galilee, was filed in the Haifa District Court. The gag order on the case was lifted Thursday. Khatib was charged with contacting a foreign agent, espionage, conspiring to aid the enemy during time of war and illegal association.
According to the indictment, Milad Khatib was in contact with Hezbollah agent Borhan Khatib, who was operating in Europe. Between 2007 and 2009, Milad Khatib visited his Hezbollah handler at his home in Denmark and all of his travel expenses were paid for by Hezbollah. During the visit, the two allegedly discussed the Israel-Arab conflict and Hezbollah missile attacks on the Israeli home front during the Second Lebanon War. The indictment said that Milad Khatib was allegedly asked about location of missile strikes and the damage they caused.
According to the indictment, the two met again in Turkey, where Borhan Khatib disclosed that he was a Hezbollah operative and asked Khatib to carry out missions for the Shiite terror organization.