The Edge of Terrorism
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|Saul Roth||October 15th 2012|
World Jewish Daily
The chief financial officer of the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah has defected to Israel, the Arab media reported on Saturday.
According to Now Lebanon and Al-Arabiya, Hussein Fahs "has crossed to Israel carrying with him $5 million in embezzled money from the group. Fahs is also head of Hezbollah’s operational communications network." According to Al-Arabiya, Fahs was arrested in September by Iranian intelligence, which suspected him of embezzlement and spying for Israel. While not explicitly stated, Fahs's arrest appears to be his primary motivation for defecting.
According to "Hezbollah officials," money was not the only thing Fahs took with him. He was also in possession of "classified documents and maps." One must also assume that, as CFO of Hezbollah, he would also have been privy to an enormous amount of information about the inner workings of the group.
Israeli media has not confirmed the story, which may be because of official censorship. It is also possible, of course, that the story is false, and Hezbollah itself has dispensed with one of its own people, blaming it on Israel in order to avoid a scandal. If true, however, the story may provide a possible explanation for the recent drone infiltration into Israeli airspace. The story does not cite precisely when Fahs defected to Israel, opening up the possibility that the drone was a response of some kind to Israel's successful extraction of one of its agents.