Israel’s former energy and infrastructure minister, who served jail time a decade ago for smuggling ecstasy, was arrested and charged with spying for Iran (New York Times). Israel’s security agency, Shin Bet, said Gonen Segev was allegedly providing Iranian intelligence agents with sensitive information connected to Israel’s energy market and security sites. Segev has been living in Nigeria, and it’s believed that agents from the Iranian embassy in Abuja approached him for recruitment. Though Segev is the most prominent Israeli to be publicly suspected of espionage for the Islamic Republic, it’s unclear whether he had much to offer. Iranians on social media made fun of the incident by using hashtag #FreeGonenSegev.
Iran scores PR win in intelligence wars with Israel (Al-Monitor).
Also, the Iranian foreign minister responded to his U.S. counterpart's 12 demands for Tehran (Iran Daily).
Meanwhile, a resolution passed by the Canadian House of Commons called on the Trudeau government to cease “negotiations or discussions” to restore diplomatic relations with Iran, and labeled the IRGC a terrorist organization (VOA). Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the decision “regrettable,” adding that “although the government has changed in Canada and a new administration has stepped into the political fray with a new approach toward the world, the radicals are still active in the country, exerting their political pressure on the Trudeau government.”
Jordan recalled its ambassador from Iran in protest over Tehran’s interference in the affairs of Arab countries in the region (Times of Israel). A senior Jordanian official told Al Arabiya television network that there was “no intention to name another Jordanian envoy in Tehran at this time.”
Saudi-led coalition in Yemen displayed weapons captured on the battlefield that they say show Iran’s role in arming Houthi rebels (Washington Post). Arms shown to reporters in Abu Dhabi and later at an Emirati military base during a government-sponsored tour included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat,” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate. Tehran has long denied arming the Shiite group, despite reports by the United Nations and outside groups linking it to the rebels’ arsenal.
Last week, a United Nations report was not able to determine whether missiles, components, or related technology were transferred from Iran to Yemen and if they violated UN restrictions (Reuters). According to the bi-annual report on the implementation of UN sanctions on Iran, debris from five missiles fired at Saudi Arabia by Yemen’s Houthi rebels since July 2017 “share key design features with a known type of missile” manufactured by Iran. Some of the components were manufactured in Iran. However, it’s unclear whether Tehran provided the hardware.
Airstrikes in Syria and Yemen are being accompanied by diplomatic efforts to curb Iranian influence (Haaretz).