Israeli doctor turns spy


An Israeli army psychiatrist was charged with offering to sell state secrets to Iran and Hamas.

David Shamir, a reserve major in the military’s medical corps, was indicted for espionage in Tel Aviv District Court on Friday.

According to prosecutors, Shamir, 45, sent letters by email and fax to Iran’s Foreign Ministry and a Hamas institution in the Gaza Strip, offering them information on Israel’s wartime deployment plans. He is also accused of making a similar approach to Russia’s intelligence services.

Shamir’s overtures apparently were not answered.

Prosecutors said that under interrogation Shamir had confessed to the charges, which carry hefty prison terms. But he did not immediately enter a plea in court, and was remanded for further investigation.

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