Yitzhar settlers said to expose Shin Bet agent who spent a year in nearby outposts

Man in his early 20s reportedly confesses to residents of the flashpoint settlement that he was paid to provide intelligence on far-right activists

An outpost near the Yitzhar settlement on October 24, 2019. (Sraya Diamant/Flash90)
An outpost near the Yitzhar settlement on October 24, 2019. (Sraya Diamant/Flash90)

An undercover agent working for the Shin Bet security agency was exposed at a flashpoint settlement in the northern West Bank, the Kan public broadcaster reported on Sunday.

The agent, in his early 20s, lived for about a year in one of the illegal outposts near the settlement of Yitzhar, the report said.

After he was caught, he reportedly confessed to several Yitzhar residents that he worked for the Shin Bet, for a monthly salary, for some three years.

The agent also reportedly admitted that he moved to Yitzhar about two years ago in a “joint decision” with his handler.

The agent said he had provided the Shin Bet with intelligence on far-right activists, leading to house arrests and administrative expulsion orders, according to the report.

Before moving to Yitzhar, the agent studied at a yeshiva in central Israel. It was there that he was first approached by Shin Bet members to work for the security service, residents of Yitzhar told Kan.

“Only after the Shin Bet put tremendous psychological pressure on him and incited him, while paying large sums, did he move to Yitzhar. We are glad that he understood that the Jewish Division in the Shin Bet is working against his friends, and decided to repent,” Akiva HaCohen, who lives in the settlement, told the network.

The Shin Bet declined to comment on the matter.

Yitzhar and the surrounding illegal outposts have been the scene of frequent clashes between security forces and settlers.

A closed military zone was put in place two years ago, following a string of violent attacks on Palestinians and police perpetrated by a number of young settlers from the area.

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