JERUSALEM — Israeli security officials said Sunday they have arrested a Belgian businessman of Iranian descent for spying on Israel and gathering intelligence on possible terrorism targets.
The alleged spy, Ali Mansouri, was detained Sept. 11 as he was attempting to leave Israel through Ben Gurion International Airport. The announcement of the arrest comes two days before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to address the U.N. General Assembly, where he is expected to argue that Iran cannot be trusted and that stiff economic sanctions should remain in place until it agrees to curtail its nuclear program.
Boarding his plane to New York on Saturday, Netanyahu said, "I will tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk and the onslaught of smiles. One must talk facts, and one must tell the truth."