Two Lebanese spies have fled across the southern border to Israel.
Elie Maroun Hayek escaped at dawn with his wife and three sons, plus another man – also thought to be a spy. The family lived in Qolayaa, ten kilometers from the border. The fled amid a crackdown by Lebanese authorities on a massive Israeli spy ring inside Lebanon.
Hayek is paraplegic, and was suspected of being part of the network. 13 people have been arrested so far. The maximum jail sentence is life in prison with hard labour – or the death sentence if they have contributed to the killings of Lebanese citizens.
When Israel ended its occupation of most of southern Lebanon exactly 9 years ago, many of their proxy army – the SLA (South Lebanon Army) – fled with them to Israel. They expected a life of luxury, but they were dumped and left without protection inside Israel. Many have attempted to come back to Lebanon.
Until today’s dramatic escalation, some cynical Lebanese have claimed the recent spy arrests are a Hizbollah plot to sew fear and increase their share of the June 7 vote.
(Hat Tip to Marcy Newman who provided the detail for this story.)