(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Israeli
government will pay the family of Australian-born Israeli Mossad agent Ben
Zygier 4 million shekels, or $1.1 million, in compensation as part of a settlement
deal reached over Zygier’s 2010 suicide, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Tuesday.
Zygier, who became known as “Prisoner X,” was arrested in January 2010 over serious national security-related charges. He committed suicide in December that year, while he was held in solitary confinement at the maximum-security Ayalon Prison.
The agreement between the state and the family
followed months of negotiations. The settlement includes no admission of
responsibility by the Israel Prison Service over Zygier’s death. The family has
also agreed not to bring a civil suit against Israeli authorities and has
reportedly signed a nondisclosure agreement barring it from ever revealing the
full terms of the settlement.