The Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet) foiled an Iranian attempt to recruit Israeli Jewish women to spy for Iran.
According to a statement by the Israeli Security Agency, an Iranian intelligence agent approached the women using a false identity, “Rambod Namdar,” through Facebook and Instagram, presenting himself as a Jewish Iranian.
At the request of “Rambod,” the interactions then shifted to the more secure messenger, WhatsApp. According to the ISA statement, “Rambod” avoided revealing his face in video chats he had with the women, claiming that his camera was not working.
“Rambod” requested that the Israeli women take photos of the U.S. embassies in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, other government buildings, and a shopping mall.
He also tried to persuade one of the women to send her son to join a specific unit in the IDF intelligence, potentially as a way of collecting information on the Israeli military.