Israeli security delegation lost classified weapons documents on way to India
A delegation of National Security Council of Israel lost classified documents related to weapon deals while travelling to India, Haaretz reported, adding that the delegation was headed by National Security Adviser Meir Ben Shabbat.
The lost documents were later recovered left at an Israeli restaurant.
Meir Ben Shabbat travelled with several members of the National Security Council (NSC) to India in January this year when he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval.
Before boarding their plane to India, Ben Shabbat and his aides stopped at a restaurant and the aide who printed the documents left them there. The investigation found that the documents were found by a waiter after the delegation departed.
The probe in this incident was launched at the directive of council chair Yoav Horowitz. After the probe, it became clear that the classified documents were not exposed to any dangerous entity.
According to Haaretz, discussions over different weapon deals between the two countries were held during Ben Shabbat’s meetings with PM Modi and Doval.
An aide to Shabbath had printed several documents related to possible weapons deal with India ahead of the trip, which reportedly also included classified information.
Shabbat’s aide was accused of losing the documents and was placed under warning, the the report released by the probe committee said.
Haaretz added that Israel is planning to ink deal with New Delhi to sell several advanced weapons manufactured by defense industries. The weapons which Israel is interested in selling to India include, spy planes, unmanned aircraft, anti-tank missiles, cannons and radar systems.