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Israeli jailed for attempting to spy for Iran

January 28, 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Jerusalem court has sentenced an Israeli man for offering to spy for Israel’s archenemy Iran.

Tuesday’s court ruling says 46-year-old Yitzhak Bergel admitted to charges of contacting a foreign agent, intent to commit treason and attempting to aid an enemy of Israel. He accepted a plea bargain that sends him to prison for 4.5 years.

Bergel belongs to the fringe ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect Neturei Karta, which opposes Israel’s existence on religious grounds. It opposes a Jewish state in the Holy Land until the coming of the messiah. Adherents of the sect have met with Iranian leaders in Iran in recent years.

The verdict says Bergel flew to Berlin in 2011, contacted the Iranian embassy there and offered to collect intelligence about Israel. No damage was caused to state security.

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