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Israeli Arab jailed for spying on Gen Ashkenazi at gym

Israeli Army Chief Lieutenant-General Gabi Ashkenazi
Lt Gen Gabi Ashkenazi was being spied on by Sultani, the plea bargain says

An Israeli Arab has been jailed for almost six years for spying on Israel's army chief at a gym where they both worked out.

Rawi Fuad Sultani, 23, passed information about Lt Gen Gabi Ashkenazi to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, according to a plea deal.

The indictment says Sultani was part of a plot to assassinate Gen Ashkenazi.

Sultani met twice with Hezbollah agents after telling the organisation he and Gen Ashkenazi used the same gym.

The planned assassination was in retaliation for the killing of Hezbollah leader Imad Mughniyeh, blown up in a car bomb in 2008.


Sultani went to a camp in Morocco later that year where he met a Hezbollah operative and told him about his contact with Lt Gen Ashkenazi.

He also flew to Poland to meet a second operative to whom he gave details of the layout of the health club and Gen Ashkenazi's security arrangements.

The location of the gym was not specified in media reports of the court papers.

Israel fought a war with Lebanon in 2006 in which 1,200 Lebanese and more than 160 Israeli soldiers were killed.

Last year Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said the organisation would kill any Israeli spies it found in Lebanon.

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