Israeli Soldier Arrested On Charges of Spying for Hamas

Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) operatives arrested an Israeli-Arab soldier two weeks after enlisting in the Israeli army (IDF) on charges of collecting intelligence information to help promote terror activities of the “Gaza terror organization.”

Shahada Abu Elkain from the town of Hura in southern Israel was allegedly ordered by a sub-unit of Hamas that works out of the Gaza Strip, to photograph sites around the country and also keep an eye on the inner activities of the IDF.

“Elkain was tasked to observe every moment of IDF and how the army functions in a bid to help Hamas chalk out its terrorism plan accordingly,” The Jerusalem Post reported.

Elkain was also asked to steal weapons and send them back to the Hamas group.

During interrogation, Elkain said he identified with terror groups in the Palestinian enclave and wished to get revenge on Israeli authorities who acted against his family’s illegally built home.

On July 5, Israel Security Agency Chief Ronen Bar said they have thwarted 172 substantial terrorist attacks in the last year, but failed to stop seven.

“We have prevented significant attacks ranging from shootings to bombings and suicide attacks and we saved several civilian lives,” Bar added.

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