A woman sits near a sign at Mount Bental in Golan Heights that overlooks the Syrian side of the Quneitra crossing, Feb 10, 2018. (Reuters)

July 13, 2021

An Israeli Bedouin businessman has been charged with serious security offenses, including contact with a foreign agent and providing information to Iranian intelligence thorough a Lebanese-Iraqi agent, according to the Shin Bet security service.

The suspect is Yaqoub Abu Al-Qia’an, of Hura and Meitar.

He has been detained for weeks by Israel, as has been previously reported.

Prosecutors in Beersheba file charges over the alleged national security crimes, as a court scales back the gag order on the case.

In addition to conveying information on Israel, Al-Qia’an planned to meet with the Iranian agents, though the meeting did not ultimately take place, the Shin Bet says.

According to Hebrew media reports, Al-Qia’an is a millionaire who has ties to the Islamist Ra’am party and former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon’s now-defunct Telem party.

TOI

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