Israel announces arrest of Iranian 'spy'
JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel's Shin Bet security service on Sunday announced the arrest on Sept 11 of an Iranian "spy" carrying photographs of the US embassy in Tel Aviv.
News of the arrest was released just hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for Washington and New York, determined to expose what he described as "sweet talk" by Israel's arch-foe Iran.
The suspect, holding a Belgian passport, was sent to Israel by Iran's elite Republican Guards and arrested at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion international airport, Shin Bet charged in a statement.
The domestic intelligence service identified him as Ali Mansouri, 58, and said he had enrolled in a "special operations unit of the Revolutionary Guards responsible for numerous terrorist attacks around the world." He had been using the fake identity Alex Mans after being recruited last year, the agency said, naming his four alleged handlers as senior Iranian officials.