Arab-Israeli Knesset Member denies revealing secrets

A former Arab-Israeli MK, who fled Israel, insists he did not reveal any security secrets about Israel to the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. 

Former Arab-Israeli Knesset Member Azmi Bishara denied revealing secrets to Hezbollah after fleeing Israel in 2007 while under investigation for spying for the Lebanese terrorist group during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

“I met with (Hezbollah’s Secretary General) Hassan Nasrallah a few times after I left in 2007,” he admitted in an interview to the Qatari newspaper Al Arab, as translated by Ynet.

“With that, I emphasize the conversations were not security-related as Israel accuses,” he insisted. “They were about political issues.”

“I don’t know secrets and I don’t share secrets with people,” he added. “I was aware of my position as a Knesset member and a public representative and so I didn’t discuss any security issues of any kind.”

Bishara admitted previously supporting Hezbollah, at least rhetorically.

“My position was, as far as I saw it, for the resistance,” he said. “They strived for accomplishments….They wanted to liberate Lebanon.”

Bishara said he no longer supports Hezbollah’s presence in Lebanon and Syria recognizing “the resistance was exploited for ethnic and religious gains.”

“At the time, I believed it was right to support the resistance, but my assessment changed,” Bishara said. “Maybe they wanted more, as we later saw, to gain a position and status in Lebanon as a state.”

Lebanon’s current president has expressed support for a military role for Hezbollah in Lebanon, in contravention of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701.

Bishara praised his role in spreading “the idea of resistance in the Arab culture.”

“I believe my decision to stand at Hezbollah’s side while Arab countries were inciting against them was historic,” he stressed.

By: World Israel News Staff