Former IDF soldier jailed for giving enemy classified intelligence

The IDF logo. Credit: IDF.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to A military court convicted a former Israel Defense Forces soldier of divulging classified information and aiding and abetting the enemy, in a case pertaining to military activity on the Israel-Syria border.

The defendant, Cpl. Halal Halabi, a former Armored Corps soldier from the Druze town of Daliyat al-Karmel in northern Israel, was charged with leaking classified information about IDF activity on the northern border—sensitive intelligence that could potentially harm Israel’s national security. He was sentenced to 34 months in prison and demoted to the rank of private.

The court ruled that Halabi’s actions constitute a breach of trust, noting that even if he did not intend to undermine state security, he should have known the inherent danger of his actions.

“The security and law enforcement mechanisms in the IDF will continue to take severe action against anyone who abuses their position to and jeopardizes state security,” the military said in a statement.

Posted on December 11, 2015 .