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JERUSALEM — Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security service said Sunday it has arrested a Belgian citizen of Iranian origin whom it claims was sent by Iran to spy on Israel under the guise of a windows and roofing salesman.
The announcement coincided with a trip by Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to the United States aimed at casting doubt on Iran’s recent overtures to the West. He will visit the White House on Monday and address the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
The security service said the accused spy, identified as Belgian-Iranian businessman Ali Mansouri, admitted to interrogators that he was recruited by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and sent to Israel to set up business ties as a front for spying on Israeli and Western targets.