"…the Lebanese government is taking a more pro-active role against alleged Israeli spies than in the past, when many of those accused of working with Israel escaped punishment or were treated leniently because they belonged to politically influential Christian militia groups. This time, the accused may face the death penalty. And in order to spread the word that times have changed, Hizballah and the government may declare a short amnesty period for spies to turn themselves in, after which no quarter will be given, the Hizballah operative told TIME."
I worked in and around Lebanon for a long time. The country has some of everything. Pro-Western Christians, pro-Saudi Christians, Shia militiamen (lots of those), Sunni remnants of the old power structure, many of them in "bidness," policemen in a half dozen different agencies created distantly on old French colonial models (round up the usual…), an army good for nothing except absorbing foreign aid, politicians striving mightily and conspiratorially for the imagined favor of foreign "'forces" who are imagined to have the final decision making power over the Lebanese. Actually, they do have that power because the Lebanese believe that they have it. Oh, and beautiful women, they have lots of those.
In that "brew" there are bound to be lots of spies, spies for everyone and everything. What a fun game! And you can make a few "bucks" in it as well. One can always use another pair of handmade Italian shoes. The Lebanese are of the rentable class.
The ISF has found a few spies, a few Israeli spies? Keep digging boys. Keep digging.
Spies— Start thinking about that amnesty. Think about it. pl
PS Do any of you know the famous Middle Eastern intelligence joke in which the punch line is "Confess, confess, we know you are a rabbit?" ("I'tarif, I'tarif, na'rif anak arnab!")