Former Israeli minister arrested for allegedly spying for Iran
A former energy minister and Knesset member has been detained by Israel on accusations of spying for Iran. The individual ran a successful medical practice in Nigeria, where he was allegedly recruited before traveling to Iran on multiple occasions. His connections to Israeli businessmen and security personnel in Nigeria, where there is a strong Israeli arms trade, were likely more valuable to Tehran than his government experience from the 1990s. Countries have had a notoriously difficult time infiltrating Israel’s close-knit networks, and the news of a former minister working as a spy for Iran came as a surprise to many, until the criminal details of the minister over the past decades were revealed. The individual has been charged with credit card fraud and then drug trafficking, for which he spent two years in jail and lost his medical license.