Israelis acquitted in Iranian spy case: ‘Intention to spy not based on ideology’
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Israelis acquitted in Iranian spy case: ‘Intention to spy not based on ideology’


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The recent acquittal of two Israeli women and a man by Judge Ilan Sela in Jerusalem’s District Court highlights just how cunning and manipulative foreign agents can be. The trio had been part of a group of five Israelis of Iranian extraction arrested by the Shin Bet and Israel Police in January 2022 for passing information to an alleged Iranian spy identified as ‘Rambud Namdar’.

Rambud, who contacted the women through social media platforms such as Facebook and Whatsapp, had cleverly exploited the trust they had for him in order to use them for his own schemes. It is believed that through his charm and fake identity, he had ingeniously manipulated the women to provide information willingly.

The judgement of the court stated that someone should not be punished for espionage if they had no intentions of doing harm to the state. Judge Sela claimed that the defendants had been seeking shelter and refuge from a man they believed to be a Jewish Iranian – something which he had shrewdly used to his benefit.

The acquittal of these three individuals comes after the court had previously acquitted two other women of their espionage charges. This case serves as a reminder of the urgent need to remain vigilant against foreign intelligence agents and their underhand tactics. While we may feel tempted to trust someone, this should never come at the cost of openness and clear judgement when it comes to providing private information.

Ultimately, the actions of the five Israeli citizens were not intended for the betterment of the state, as they were tricked into believing a false narrative. Therefore, it stands that the decision to acquit was just and appropriate. The case serves as an example of the spectacular lengths foreign agents will go to in order to obtain information from citizens of a state

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