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Israel takes cheap shot to counter Rouhani charm offensive
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Spy99.jpgIn a sign that Israel has gone into damage control mode over Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s successful visit to the United Nations, the Zionist regime announced on Sunday that it had arrested a spy who is allegedly connected to Iran. 
 
Since Israel is always trying to demonize Iran, the move came as no surprise.
 
Israel’s domestic security service, Shin Bet, said it has arrested a Belgian citizen of Iranian origin whom it claims was sent by Iran to spy on Israel and entered the country posing as a window and roofing salesman.
 
The announcement, which coincided with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to the U.S., was the Zionist regime’s first move in its plot to prevent a thaw in relations between Iran and the West, which have been at loggerheads over Tehran’s nuclear program.
 
The Shin Bet said the alleged spy, identified as Belgian-Iranian businessman Ali Mansouri, has admitted to interrogators that he was recruited by the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps last year and sent to Israel to set up business ties as a front for spying on Israeli and Western targets. 
 
The move, which is clearly in line with Israel’s propaganda campaign against Iran, received little coverage in the Western media. 
 
Many political analysts saw it as a cheap shot taken to undermine Rouhani’s efforts to show the true face of Iran at the United Nations. 
 
The Shin Bet denied the timing was linked to Netanyahu’s trip to the U.S., where he will visit the White House on Monday and address the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

Before boarding a plane to the U.S., Netanyahu said the purpose of his trip was to “tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk and the onslaught of smiles,” a reference to Iran’s recent diplomatic overtures to the West.
 
The recent conciliatory moves by Iran and the United States, and especially Friday’s telephone call between U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, clearly rattled Israel.
 
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