Former Israeli spy and IDF arms dealer lists Park Avenue pad for $8M


Ari Ben-Menashe, the Israeli arms dealer and former spy, has re-listed his pad at 515 Park Avenue for $8 million, according to Streeteasy.

Menashe is the author of the controversial 1992 book “Profits of War: Inside the Secret U.S.-Israeli Arms Network,” in which he detailed his work as an Israeli intelligence officer to sell arms to Iran, as well as his involvement in the “October Surprise” effort by the Reagan administration to delay the release of hostages in Iran in order to strengthen Reagan’s election against Jimmy Carter. He also released information on the Iran-Contra scandal. He currently lives in Montreal and runs the commodity exporting firm, Traeger Resources and Logistics Inc.


Menashe first listed the Park Avenue apartment in 2012 for almost $10 million after buying it in 2010 for $7 million. He then lowered it to $8.9 and then to $8.6 before taking it off the market in 2015. The apartment was a three-bedroom, but has been converted into a two bedroom according to the listing. It has an oversized gallery, a library and views of Central Park. Other notable residents in the building include horse racing owner Sheila Rosenblum.