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Shin Bet Investigating a Possible Chinese Spying Operation

Jerusalem24 – The Shin Bet security service is investigating a suspicion that China, through its embassy in Tel Aviv, is attempting to spy on ministries in the Israeli government, according to the “Israel Army Radio”, today, Tuesday

Army Radio revealed investigations by the “Shin Bet” into an attempt to suspect that Beijing, through its embassy in Tel Aviv, was spying on Israeli government ministries, through gifts sent by the Chinese embassy to Israeli ministries.

The radio stated that the Chinese embassy in Tel Aviv presented gifts of “chocolate cups”, on the occasion of the “Hebrew Passover” holiday, to a number of government ministries, and it appears that they contain spying devices, according to the allegations of the “Shin Bet.”

According to Army Radio, an electronic object was found inside one of the cups, as it is being checked whether it is a listening device.

After that, all the cups were collected from the government ministries to be inspected, where instructions were issued from the security services of all ministries and even the office of the Israeli Prime Minister, in order to improve the normal security procedures by inspecting all that arrives from abroad, especially gifts that arrive from foreign diplomatic missions.

According to the instructions, gifts that arrive from diplomatic missions, especially those from the Chinese mission, must be subjected to a thorough inspection and entered into ministries after security clearance.

Army Radio quoted Israeli security sources as saying that “it is being verified that this is an attempt to spy,” while the Shin Bet refused to comment.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said that “the Shin Bet is investigating the case, as the picture is not yet clear.”

Nadeen Alshaer

Alshaer is a Palestinian journalist, a Birzeit University graduate with a B.A. in TV and Radio Broadcasting Journalism. Alshaer has 6 years of experience in journalism. She currently works as a reporter, editor and presenter/producer for PBC-Palestine TV and Jerusalem24 radio. She’s a UN and Kelley School of Business alumna.

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