Israeli Defense Minister’s House Cleaner Spied on him for Iran

An Israeli man who worked as a house cleaner for Defense Minister Benny Gantz was arrested earlier this month for allegedly offering to spy on the minister on behalf of Iran, the Shin Bet security service said Thursday.

This was not Goren’s first time in court. The 37-year-old Lod resident was found guilty of crimes five times from 2002 to 2013, including two convictions for bank robbery and others for theft and breaking and entering. Goren has served four prison sentences, his most recent stretch for four years.

Goren’s extensive criminal history raised serious questions about the screening process for employees in sensitive positions.

The Shin Bet said that in light of this incident, it had launched an internal review of the way background checks are performed for workers in ministers’ homes “with the goal of limiting the possibility of cases like this repeating themselves in the future.”

Israeli circles described the Shin Bet failure as serious in light of the huge capabilities devoted to this security agency.

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