I feel sorry for this man who helped Israel for so many years.

At the same time, this is a fascinating look into how the Mossad operates sometimes. It really is both daring and quite clever.

Here’s the story:

An automobile dealer is in custody in Lebanon on charges of planting satellite tracking devices for Israel in a fleet of vehicles he provided to Hizbullah members.

The Lebanese newspapers Al-Balad and The Daily Star named Marwan Faqih of Nabatiya as the alleged spy, who gained the trust of Hizbullah and became its chief supplier of vehicles.

Arrested by the Lebanese Army’s Intelligence Service last week, he reportedly was a generous donor to Hizbullah and had lent a gas station to Hizbullah in 2006 during the Second Lebanon War.

According to media reports, Faqih’s cover was blown after a Hizbullah member took his car to an auto electrician, complaining of problems. The technician found an “unfamiliar device” hooked up to the electrical system, which he initially believed had been installed by Hizbullah.

The technician “had a discreet word with the vehicle’s owner,” reported the Daily Star on Friday, “pointing out that the device was interfering with the car. But whatever it was, it had not been placed by Hizbullah, and a search of the party’s fleet of vehicles revealed dozens of the mystery devices. Investigations revealed that they were satellite wiretap devices and they were only present on vehicles supplied from one particular car dealer in Nabatiya: Marwan Faqih.”

According to Hizbullah sources cited by the Lebanese media, Faqih had been recruited into the Mossad in France during the mid-1990s. He was provided “with specialist software that allowed him to establish secure Internet connections so he could send the intelligence he gathered,” the Daily Star said, while “selling bugged cars to Hizbullah that helped Israeli agents to build a picture of movements and conversations of the party’s officials.”

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