A man affiliated with the small, radical Neturei Karta group that has hijacked its name and dresses like religious Jews has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for charges that he was attempting to spy for Iran.
Itzhak Bergel, 47, was convicted Tuesday in a Jerusalem District Court. According to the indictment, Bergel traveled to Germany from Israel in January 2011 and reportedly visited the Iranian Embassy there to offer his services as a spy.
At the meeting, Bergel reportedly said he was in favor of overthrowing the Israeli government and willing to murder Israelis. He was then given a note to contact an Iranian email address.