Israeli police arrest worker at Netanyahu’s home

A worker at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s home has been arrested on suspicion of spying for Iran’s Quds Force, a senior official told Fox News on Tuesday. The worker, who has not been identified,…

Israeli police arrest worker at Netanyahu's home

A worker at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s home has been arrested on suspicion of spying for Iran’s Quds Force, a senior official told Fox News on Tuesday.

The worker, who has not been identified, was one of several people arrested in recent days for being agents of Iran’s General Staff, which has been deployed in Syria.

The worker is a relative of a wanted Iranian general.

“Israeli police arrested an employee of the Prime Minister’s office in their Jerusalem District on suspicions of spying for Iran, to the secret service of the country’s Revolutionary Guard.

The Prime Minister’s office has demanded an explanation for the indictment, which Israel’s Channel 2 published Monday.

Netanyahu has been briefed by his security detail about the arrest and was interviewed by police Tuesday.

The story is part of a broader Israeli-Iranian chess game.

As Prime Minister, Netanyahu was heavily involved in restoring ties with Iran, reaching an agreement with President Hassan Rouhani in 2015, and Netanyahu has for several years spoken of potentially striking an agreement with Iran’s other arch foe, Hamas.

Netanyahu was charged and forced to resign from office in 2000, for his involvement in the Mossad operations to assassinate senior Hezbollah leaders during the second Lebanon War.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Netanyahu had any part in the current arrests.

During his 12 years as prime minister, Netanyahu has been frequently criticized by the right wing, including by extreme right-wing groups such as Gush Etzion, who for years called on his government to maintain military and economic assistance to the Palestinians.

Some of the recent developments in the ongoing crisis are also meant to “drain the swamp of chaos,” as Netanyahu has termed the current moment.

In May, Israeli troops shot dead more than 60 Palestinian protesters after an attempt to breach the border with Gaza.

Israeli troops have faced sharply increased protests over the past month, and Egyptian authorities have arrested several Palestinian leaders.

There has also been no progress on Netanyahu’s pending indictment on bribery and other corruption charges, the long-simmering scandal that has drawn international condemnation.

Those charges, as well as a personal investigation about his contacts with American businessman Oded Yinon, are expected to be reviewed by an Israeli court in mid-November.

Story by Fox News

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