Lod man held for spying on IDF on Egypt border

Lod man held for spying on IDF on Egypt border

Reserve soldier said to have sold information to suspect on troop deployments for NIS 50,000

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

An Israeli tank patrols the Israel-Egypt border (Tsafrir Abayov/FLASH90)
An Israeli tank patrols the Israel-Egypt border (Tsafrir Abayov/FLASH90)

State prosecutors on Thursday filed an indictment against Lod resident Salman Jribea on charges of spying on IDF troops for unspecified hostile entities.

Prosecutors from the Justice Ministry’s Central District filed charges of espionage, conspiracy to commit a crime, and unlawfully obtaining classified information in the Lod District Court Thursday.

According to the indictment, Jribea, 29, paid a reservist IDF soldier for classified information about IDF patrols, unit deployments and other movements along the border with Egypt.

Jribea allegedly contacted the soldier, identified as Benny Rabayev, and said he would pay him NIS 50,000 ($12,800) for the information. Rabayev served as a driver at an IDF base in the south of the country in July.

Rabayev allegedly delivered the requested information, which Jribea then passed on to others, though authorities have not identified the final recipient, which could have been jihadist groups such as Hezbollah or Islamic State’s Sinai branch, but also several criminal networks smuggling drugs and other illicit goods across the desert border.

Jribea is also said to have received roughly NIS 50,000 for his part in the plan.

Rabayev faces charges by the IDF Military Advocate General in the military court in Castina.

The case is not the only one involving Rabayev allegedly taking advantage of his military service for illegal activities. He was also named in an illegal gun deal in which a Hadera resident allegedly tried to buy two pistols from the soldier.

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