TEL AVIV Ñ Hizbullah has been using drugs to recruit Israeli minors
to spy on Israel.
Israeli officials said Hizbullah has been recruiting Israeli Arab minors
from Israel's northern border with Lebanon. The officials said the Arab
youngsters were offered the drugs in exchange for intelligence information.
The Israeli statement said the two Israeli Arabs were asked to gather
information an Israeli military position at the entrance to Rajar. The two
were also asked to obtain photographs of Israeli military bases, details of
bus routes to Tel Aviv and Kiryat Shemona, updated maps of Israel and
computer disks with information on Israeli cities.
So far, Israeli authorities have arrested two Israeli Arab minors from
the border village of Rajar recruited by Hizbullah. The minors were hired by
Hizbullah to smuggle drugs into Israel, Middle East Newsline reported.
From there, the Israeli youngsters were asked to relay intelligence
information on Israeli military and civilian facilities along the border of
Israel and Lebanon. Rajar has been divided into a Lebanese- and
"The youths were asked to provide Hizbullah with intelligence
information," an Israeli statement said. "Their activities were foiled at an
Officials said Hizbullah has tried to recruit numerous residents of
Rajar, with freedom of access into Israel and Lebanon, to spy for the
Shi'ite insurgency group. They said drugs are employed to tempt Israeli
Arabs to work for Hizbullah.
The two minors were said to have confessed to Israeli authorities that
they had been smuggling drugs for a Lebanese drug dealer known as Abu Yusuf.
After a short period, Abu Yusuf brought the minors to Lebano to meet
The Hizbullah liasion in the operation, the statement said, was Abu