Egypt uncovers Israel spy ring

Egypt on Monday charged an Egyptian businessman and two Israelis with spying for Israel and trying to recruit operatives working for telecoms companies in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.

Officials arrested Tarek Abdel Rezek Hussein, the 37-year-old owner of an import-export firm, in August, according to a document shown to reporters by Egyptian state security attorney Hicham Badawi.

The document alleged that Hussein had accepted $37,000 for providing the Israelis with information about Egyptians working in telecommunications companies who could be recruited to spy in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.

The two Israelis were charged in absentia, Badawi said.

Egypt’s general prosecutor demanded that all three be sent before an emergency state security criminal court on charges of “spying for Israel and harming the country’s national interests,” Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported.

It was not clear if the charges were linked to a wave of arrests in Lebanon in the past two years, some of them involving telecom sector employees, over accusations of spying for Israel.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry and its embassy in Cairo both had no comment.

Egypt has maintained diplomatic and economic ties with Israel since they signed a peace accord three decades ago.

Resentment lingers among ordinary Egyptians over Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians, but arrests of people accused of spying for Israel are uncommon.

In 2007, Egypt convicted a 31-year-old Egyptian-Canadian dual national of spying for Israel. Three Israelis were charged in absentia. Israel dismissed the case as a fabrication.

In 1996, Egypt sentenced Azzam Azzam, an Israeli Arab textile worker, to 15 years in jail for spying for Israel. Egypt said Azzam had passed messages in women’s underwear using invisible ink.

Both Azzam and Israel denied the charges. He was released after serving eight years as part of a deal that included the release of six Egyptian students in Israel. Reuters

  • Hannibal

    That is more than enough reason to break your ties with Israel. A country sincere in seeking peace does not spy against the enemy they are trying to establish peace with and certainly NOT against an ally with which they have diplomatic ties. You are not worthy of peace.

    • PROPHET.T

      You have been fully converted.lol JK
      Only nations , which have respect for themselves ,would take measures such as breaking or freezing diplomatic relations in similar cases.
      I doubt that Egypt would do any of that.
      Israel only uses friends; it never trusts ,nor respects friends.
      They even spy on the the US, which feeds them,for God’s sake.

      • Hannibal

        Only 99.99% :P for spite lol

        • PROPHET.T

          spite? Good to know,lol

        • PROPHET.T

          Not ready to give up my prophetic title yet, but you are next in line.lol

  • http://www.cadmeia.com Hannibal

    That is more than enough reason to break your ties with Israel. A country sincere in seeking peace does not spy against the enemy they are trying to establish peace with and certainly NOT against an ally with which they have diplomatic ties. You are not worthy of peace.

    • PROPHET.T

      You have been fully converted.lol JK
      Only nations , which have respect for themselves ,would take measures such as breaking or freezing diplomatic relations in similar cases
      I doubt that Egypt would do any of that.
      Israel only uses friends; it never trusts ,nor respects friends.
      They spy on the the US, which feeds them.

      • http://www.cadmeia.com Hannibal

        Only 99.99% :P for spite lol

        • PROPHET.T

          spite? Good to know,lol

        • PROPHET.T

          Not ready to give up my prophetic title yet, but you are next in line.lol