Is­rael asked mur­der sus­pect to be a spy

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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

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