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“Israel Does Not Spy on the U.S.,” Says Ex Intel Chief

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5 articles summarized by dailyalert.org, May 12, 2014. (Click on the title of any article to see the whole article…Ed.)

“Israel Does Not Spy on the U.S.,” Says Ex Intel Chief

“Israel does not spy on the U.S.,” the former head of military intelligence Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin said on Saturday, following two such reports in Newsweek. “As a former head of military intelligence, [I can say] with certainty, Israel does not spy on the United States. And military chiefs from the past 29 years will tell you the same thing,” Yadlin told Channel 2 TV. “Every prime minister, since the Pollard incident, has very clearly instructed his intelligence establishment.”

“The American people must be told of the benefits [resulting from] the cooperation between our countries. There must be some balance to these very problematic reports.”

Also Saturday, Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz told Channel 10: “In all my meetings with heads of the U.S. intelligence establishment, I’ve never heard one claim about Israeli espionage in the United States.”  (Times of Israel)
See also Spying Reports Embarrass Their Authors – Ron Ben-Yishai

The second Newsweek article on Israel’s alleged spying efforts in the U.S. embarrasses its author and sources. As anyone who has ever worked in Washington and with the White House knows, American analysis of events pertaining to foreigners is at times distorted or even downright mistaken. The U.S. intelligence community, which eavesdrops on every corner of the world, has a tendency to judge the actions of others as if they were undertaken by Americans.

The best example is the incident regarding Israel’s alleged attempt to place a spy in then-vice-president Al Gore’s hotel room, citing a Secret Service man who encounters someone as he was removing an air conditioning vent. If Israeli intelligence wanted to spy against Al Gore, it could have done so in numerous ways, especially while he was in Israel. It was probably a hotel maintenance worker taking care of the AC system in anticipation of the visit of a senior figure. (Ynet News)
See also Newsweek Espionage Report Is Just Too Unrealistic – Ronen Bergman (Ynet News)
See also Oren: Claims the FBI Warned Israeli Diplomats about Spying Are Baseless – Herb Keinon

Claims that Israeli diplomats were summoned by the FBI dozens of times in the decade since 9/11 and told to stop spying on the U.S. are “utterly without foundation,” former ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren said Sunday. (Jerusalem Post)
See also Behind Newsweek’s Anti-Israel Canard – Ari Lieberman

The sources for Newsweek’s sensationalist allegations of Israeli spy activities in the U.S. were mainly anonymous, except for former CIA employee Paul Pillar. Pillar is a rabid Israel basher. In March 2014, he spoke at the “National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel ‘Special Relationship'” where he attacked Israel on everything from its defensive military operations in Gaza to its concern over Iran’s procurement of nuclear weapons. He even attempted to downplay Iran’s threat to wipe Israel off the map, claiming that it was a mere mistranslation. (Times of Israel)


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