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Israeli Held on Suspicion of Spying for Egypt; Was Mental Patient

Yitzhak Benhaim, a 35-year-old laborer who has been treated in mental hospitals several times, has been detained on suspicion of crossing into Egypt three times and giving information to Egyptian intelligence, officials here said today. The officials said Benhaim was caught six months ago while trying to cross into Egypt a fourth time.

Last month, three young Israeli Jews were convicted in Haifa district court of spying for Egypt. Gideon Goldstein, 20, of Acre, Isaac Fishman, 18, of Haifa, and Yoel Reizmann, 16, of Haifa, allegedly collected information about army movements and tried to sneak across the Gaza Strip border to pass on the information.