Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Breaking News

Alleged Spy for Iran Arrested in Israel as Bibi Arrives in New York

The Shin Bet security service arrested a Belgian citizen of Iranian birth accused of spying on Israel for Iran.

The alleged spy was arrested at Ben Gurion Airport two weeks ago as he attempted to leave the country. A gag order on the arrest was lifted on Sunday.

Alex Mans, who traveled to Israel three times in the last year posing as a Belgian businessman, is believed to have been spying on Israel for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. He was carrying photographs of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv when he was arrested, and also had taken photos of areas of the airport and other “sites that interest Iranian security officials,” the Shin Bet said, according to Haaretz.

Mans, 55, was born Ali Mansouri and lived in Iran until 1980, and then in Turkey until 1997, when he received a visa for Belgium, and later married a Belgian woman, from whom he is now divorced. He has lived in Iran since 2007 and is married to an Iranian woman, according to reports.

Mans reportedly told Israeli investigators that was recruited by Iranian intelligence, the Revolutionary Guards’ Al-Quds Force, to spy on Israel and was promised about $1 million for his services. He was arrested on Sept.11.

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.