Israeli-Arab and Hezbollah agent passed intel on Peres’ security detail

Milad Khatib who’s Hezbollah handler is from Denmark, was charged with illegal association, contacting foreign agent, conspiring to aid the enemy during time of war & espionage.

By Israel Hayom Staff


An Israeli Arab man has been indicted on charges of operating as an agent for Hezbollah. Among the activities he was alleged to have carried out was collecting information on security arrangements for President Shimon Peres during the latter’s visit to an Arab village in the Galilee.

President Shimon Peres was apparently spied on by Majd al-Kurum resident when the former visited the Galilee town in August. – Photo: AP

The indictment against Milad Khatib, 26, a resident of Majd al-Kurum in the Galilee, was filed in the Haifa District Court. The gag order on the case was lifted Thursday. Khatib was charged with contacting a foreign agent, espionage, conspiring to aid the enemy during time of war and illegal association.

According to the indictment, Milad Khatib was in contact with Hezbollah agent Borhan Khatib, who was operating in Europe. Between 2007 and 2009, Milad Khatib visited his Hezbollah handler at his home in Denmark and all of his travel expenses were paid for by Hezbollah. During the visit, the two allegedly discussed the Israel-Palestinian conflict and Hezbollah missile attacks on the Israeli home front during the Second Lebanon War. The indictment said that Milad Khatib was allegedly asked about location of missile strikes and the damage they caused.

According to the indictment, the two met again in Turkey, where Borhan Khatib disclosed that he was a Hezbollah operative and asked Khatib to carry out missions for the Shiite terror organization. Milad Khatib was to provide information on military bases, weapon caches, arms manufacturers like Rafael and other strategic sites, the prosecution said, asking the court to keep the defendant in detention for the entire duration of the trial. Milad Khatib was asked to spy on Arabs in Zionist parties, the indictment said.

The indictment claimed Milad Khatib travelled to Turkey again in 2012, where he allegedly provided Borhan Khatib with the information on Arab MKs and specific sites, including on Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd (one of Israel’s top armament production companies).

After returning to Israel, Milad Khatib attempted to collect information on the security arrangement surrounding President Shimon Peres’ visit to the defendant’s home town in August 2012, the prosecution noted. Milad Khatib is said to have planned to relay the information he had gathered to Borhan Khatib in a May 2013 meeting.

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