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Moshe Sharon, the father of the Israeli who was arrested in Lebanon last week, told The Jerusalem Post Sunday that he hoped there was "someone out there who could help free his son, someone who has direct contact with the authorities [in Lebanon]."
Sharon insisted on his son's innocence, saying he "is a good boy, he does not smoke or drink." He said he only found out about his son's arrest Saturday night, when details of the case were leaked to the international media.
The Foreign Ministry continued to deflect queries on the matter, repeating on Sunday what it said the day before: that it was "checking into" the incident.
Israeli government sources said Sunday that Sharon had not been sent to Lebanon on Israel's behalf.
According to Lebanese reports, Daniel Sharon, 35, was detained in connection with an investigation into the murder of a Lebanese citizen in Beirut's southern suburbs. Only after the arrest did it surface that Sharon, who holds both Israeli and German passports, had visited Lebanon 11 times as a German citizen over the past two years.
"I believe that German diplomats are in the process of trying to help him," said Moshe Sharon, who spent Sunday fielding calls from the Hebrew media. "I had no idea that he was in Lebanon or that he had ever been there."
Israeli officials said they had turned to Germany for assistance.
Sharon refuted media claims that his son might have been in Lebanon spying for Israel.
"He works in real estate and travels all over the world," he said. "He is never in one place for very long."
Sharon said he was perplexed by reports that his son had traveled to Lebanon, an enemy state, carrying a photocopy of his Israeli passport. But Sharon did confirm that his son had converted to Islam several years ago and had wholly embraced Arab culture, becoming the first Israeli to study in Jordan after the Oslo Accords were signed in 1994.
Sharon, who lives in Shavei Zion near Nahariya, said his son "still has strong ties to Israel and visits here about once every two months."
The last time they met was about two weeks ago, Sharon said, adding, "We sat together and talked. He also called me last week from Cyprus to wish me well over the Yom Kippur fast."
Sharon said he was just as shocked as everyone else that his son was in Lebanon and was also surprised to hear media reports that his son was visiting a gay lover there.
"I did not know that he was gay," he said. "This the first time that I've heard such things."
Herb Keinon contributed to this report.