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Iranian-born Israeli Sentenced as Spy for Tehran

By VOA News

An Israeli court has sentenced an Iranian-born Israeli to four years in prison on charges of spying for the Islamic republic.

Court officials say the defendant delivered classified information to Iranian agents in Turkey.

They did not identify the accused, and Iran has not commented on the sentencing.

Tensions between Israel and Iran have been on the rise. Last week at a United Nations racism conference, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Israel a "cruel and repressive racist regime" for its treatment of the Palestinians.

Israeli officials have not ruled out preventive military action to force Iran to stop its uranium enrichment program. The United States and Israel both fear Tehran's enrichment activities could be used to make nuclear weapons.

Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, such as generating electricity.

Iran does not recognize Israel as a sovereign state, and President Ahmadinejad has called for Israel's destruction.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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