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Join The Mossad Intelligence Agency: Accountant Wanted

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Israel’s international espionage agency, the Mossad, is looking to hire an accountant.

But not just any kind of accountant.

The agency is seeking an English-speaking accountant with a law degree and who wants a “challenging position which combines unusual field work.”

Gender is irrelevant, but it is preferable that the applicant have at least three years’ accounting experience, at a large international firm such as Deloitte, Ernst and Young, Global, KMPG International, or PWC.

First preference goes to those willing to travel abroad, able to multi-task, work independently and in groups, with additional languages, and background in economics, and/or business mergers and acquisitions.

Someone’s been watching a Ben Affleck movie.

Hana Levi Julian

Iranian Regime Behind Assassination Attempt on Pro-Israel German Politician

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

The Iranian regime has been exposed for the first time ever, for attempting to assassinate a German government official.

A Pakistani national was indicted on charges of espionage by the German federal prosecutor for attempting to assassinate the former president of the German-Israel friendship society, Reinhold Robbe, in collaboration with Iran’s intelligence agency.

The German politician served as Social Democratic Party deputy in the Budestag from 1994 to 2005, and then as parliamentary commissioner for the armed forces as well, according to a report by journalist Georg Heil, writing for the West German Broadcasting (WDR) news outlet.

According to reports citing Germany’s federal prosecutor on Friday, 31-year-old Syed Mustafa H., a Pakistani national who worked for the German Aerospace Center in Bremen, was indicted Monday on charges of espionage in connection with planned terror attacks against groups and individuals involved in pro-Israel work in Germany.

The Berlin-based Tagesspiegel newspaper also reported on Mustafa’s arrest and indictment, adding that he may have been working for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

He is suspected of carrying out intelligence activity on behalf of the Iranian regime from July 2015 to July 2016, according to the indictment, which indicated that Mustafa was paid by the Iranian government for the information he provided.

Among the details he allegedly gave the Iranians was a “movement profile” of Robbe that included following him on his daily commute on public transportation to and from his home and office. He also gave the Iranians reconnaissance information of the society headquarters in Berlin.

The indictment accused Mustafa of being in contact with the Iranian intelligence agent responsible for Europe operations since 2011.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Arab Balad MK Basel Ghattas Barred from Voting in Knesset

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Israeli Arab Balad Party Knesset Member Basel Ghattas has been banned from voting in the Israeli parliament, according to a report posted by Ynet on Sunday evening.

The move comes in the wake of the Arab Joint List faction member’s arrest on charges of passing coded messages, SIM cards and miniature cell phones to jailed Arab terrorists incarcerated at Israeli prisons.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein on Sunday ordered the parliament’s chief of security, Yosef Griff, to allow Israel Police to enter the lawmaker’s office in order to carry out a search of the premises.

Griff and Knesset Legal Adviser Eyal Yinon served as witnesses to the search in order to ensure that only relevant items were examined and/or confiscated by police. Anything in dispute was placed in a sealed envelope and left to the Court to decide.

Ghattas is the second Knesset Member – also the second Israeli Arab Knesset Member – and a cousin to espionage suspect and former MK Balad party founder Azmi Bishara – whose office underwent similar scrutiny in 2007 while he was under investigation for treason.

Bishara fled Israel before he could be charged for passing information to the Hezbollah terrorist organization, identifying targets within Israel for the terrorist group during the Second Lebanon War, among other actions. He officially resigned from his post at the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

Hana Levi Julian

Report: 3 MKs, IDF General Were KGB Agents

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Three Knesset members, senior IDF officers (including one member of the IDF General Staff), engineers who worked on classified projects such as the Lavi supersonic warplane and the Merkava tank, as well as intelligence officers in sensitive positions, have been exposed as KGB agents by documents to be revealed by the daily Yediot Aharonot this Friday.

The secret documents have been copied over a period of 20 years by Vasili Mitrokhin, a former senior KGB agent, who hid his work in milk jugs under his vacation home in a suburb of Moscow. In the early 1990s, Mitrokin contacted the West and he, his family and his milk jugs were transported to the UK. The revelations in these documents were a harsh blow to the Soviet spy network, exposing an estimated one thousand KGB agents around the world. Those documents included revelations about KGB activity inside Israel, and Yediot has now received some of them from a secret archive at Cambridge.

One of those KGB spies in Israel’s highest echelons was MK Elazar Granot, a socialist leader who served on the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and was privy to Israel’s military secrets. The KGB also employed a senior engineer in Israel’s national water project in the 1950s and 60s, and even a senior agent in the GSS counter intelligence dept.

According to Yediot, the KGB’s highest prize was the recruitment of an IDF general who was member of the General Staff. When he was exposed, in 1993, the high ranking was already terminally ill and the powers that be decided not to prosecute. They likely did not relish the exposure either. He died shortly afterwards.

David Israel

Iranians Caught With Fake Israeli Passports

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Israeli intelligence agencies were updated during Yom Kippur that three Iranian citizens were caught in Italy with fake Israeli passports.

They were deported via Serbia to Turkey, according to a report Wednesday night broadcast on Israel’s Channel 2 television news.

Security agencies are investigating the history of the trio to see whether any of the three have carried out terror attacks against Israeli targets in the international arena.

Hana Levi Julian

Ex-MK, Accused Spy for Hezbollah, Got A Visa to Speak in Washington DC

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Former head of the Israeli Arab Balad party and a fugitive from Israeli justice, ex-Knesset member Azmi Bishara has somehow been granted an American visa in time to speak next week in Washington DC.

Bishara was accused by the Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency of aiding and abetting the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization plot terrorist operations against Israel.

According to a report published last week by the Washington Free Beacon, Bishara is scheduled to speak this coming weekend at a conference in the downtown Marriott hotel organized by The Arab Center of Washington DC, entitled “Democracy in the Arab World: The Obama Legacy & Beyond.” The conference is hosted in partnership with the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

The State Department reportedly declined to confirm whether it had granted a visa to Bishara, who has lived in Qatar since fleeing Israel in 2007, and whose image as a scheduled speaker still appears on the website of the conference. Bishara escaped just hours after he was accused of passing information to Lebanon-based Hezbollah agents and recommending Israeli targets to the Iranian-backed terrorist group in 2006 during the Second Lebanon War. He fled just prior to being arrested by police on charges of spying and aiding the enemy in wartime.

Israel is still holding a warrant for Bishara’s arrest. If tried and convicted Bishara could face life in prison. Since Qatar is not currently a participant in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program it is not clear how Bishara, a wanted fugitive from a U.S. ally, was able to enter the United States.

“We are unable to provide information on individual cases because visa records are confidential under U.S. law,” an official told the Free Beacon. “Visa applications are adjudicated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with U.S. law.” In addition, the source told the Free Beacon, “Section 222 (f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) prohibits us from disclosing details from individual visa cases.”

Bishara is slated to deliver the keynote address, “A Framework for Democracy in the Arab World.” He is listed as the “General Director, Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS), Qatar.” Attending the same conference from the ACRPS is “Associate Researcher” Marwan Kabalan, a panelist speaking on the “Future Outlook and Recommended US Policies regarding Democracy in the Arab World.”

Kabalan is a Syrian academic and writer who has been a visiting professor in the College of Law at Qatar University, and has written for the Qatar Tribune. He is a recognized writer and expert on Syria, with a PhD in International Relations. In 2012, Kalaban was the Dean of Faculty of International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Kalamoon, Damascus.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, originally scheduled to speak at the event on promotion of democracy in the Arab world, has reportedly canceled his plans to appear.

Hana Levi Julian

Mossad Chief, Staff, Mourn Passing of Shimon Peres

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

The director of Israel’s international Mossad intelligence agency, Yossi Cohen, said in a statement Wednesday that he, “along with all the Mossad personnel,” mourns the passing of the ninth President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres.

Cohen said that for “many years” Peres worked with the Mossad on its “operations and work for the security of the State of Israel.” He said Peres was “one of the country’s most prominent leaders,” calling him a “symbol of peace and brotherhood.”

As such, he said, Peres “contributed greatly to building up the security of the State of Israel, May his memory be blessed.”

Hana Levi Julian

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