Israel asked murder suspect to be a spy
JERUSALEM: A Jewish settler who was arrested for allegedly having murdered two Palestinians was approached by Israel’s internal security agency to be an informer after the attacks, the agency said yesterday.
Jack Teitel, a 37-year-old immigrant from the US, was arrested in October on suspicion of murdering the men in 1997 while visiting Israel as a tourist, the police said.
He is also suspected of being behind a string of bomb attacks since 2006.
When Teitel retur ned to Israel in 2000, three years after the murders, he was questioned by the Shin Bet internal security service and the police over the killings, but no charges were filed.
It was at that moment that the domestic intelligence agency asked him to serve as its informant in extreme rightwing circles, according to the mass-selling Yediot Aharonot newspaper.
The agency confirmed it had tried to recruit Teitel after the 2000 interrogation, saying it “had but a limited number of interviews with him, without result”.
Police said Teitel has confessed to the murder of a Palestinian taxi driver in east Jerusalem and a shepherd in the West Bank, saying the killings were to avenge Palestinian suicide bombings in Israel.
Teitel is also alleged to have placed a bomb near a convent outside Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem, two years ago, wounding a Palestinian.
In another bomb attack, a 15-year-old boy was seriously wounded when a device was concealed in a parcel sent to his parents, members of a Jewish sect which embraces Jesus. – Sapa-AFP