20 Israelis suspected of illegally developing missiles for country in Asia

The investigation also found that the suspects received operational orders from people tied to this foreign country and in return received money and other benefits.

Over 20 Israelis — among them, veterans of the defense industry — were interrogated by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the Israel Police over the suspicion that they developed, manufactured, and traded illegal weapons with a foreign country.

According to a Shin Bet statement that was released on Thursday, during the investigation, the organization discovered that the suspects were developing, manufacturing, conducting tests and illegally selling loitering missiles to a country in Asia.

The investigation also found that the suspects received operational orders from people tied to this foreign country and in return received money and other benefits.

The Shin Bet said that the investigation showed that the contact between the suspects and the foreign country was conducted covertly while trying to hide the identity of the receiver of the munitions.

The investigation uncovered information regarding the way the foreign country worked with Israelis — including techniques to mask the movement of the weapons and the transfer of the money.

A photo said to depict illegal missile development for an unnamed Asian country, released February 11, 2020. (Shin Bet)

After publicizing the investigation, the Shin Bet said: “this case illustrates the potential damage to the security of the country due to illegal deals conducted by Israeli citizens with foreign entities.

“It also raises fears that technology will get into the hands of enemy countries,” it added.

Remaining details related to the investigation remain under gag order.

By : UDI SHAHAM – THE JERUSALEM POST

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