The latest poison-dipped arrow shot from Washington at Israel is a report that the Jewish state spied on President Obama’s Iranian nuclear negotiations and whispered intelligence to members of Congress. Soon after the U.S. and its partners began talks with Iran last year, the U.S. concluded that Israel was rooting out information. The source: America was eavesdropping on Israeli phone calls, according to the Wall Street Journal. Where was the renowned Edward Snowden when the Jewish state needed him? Plainly, Israeli leaders had a need to know about the shape of a deal that could directly endanger their country, not least because Obama had embarked secretly on the negotiations. Spycraft and diplomacy are inseparable, even among allies. Recall the WikiLeaks revelations that the U.S. had spied on France, as well as on Germany, up to and including its chancellor’s private conversations. Yet the Obama administration chooses to present Israel’s snooping — and only Israel’s snooping — as an unconscionable affront. Dig a bit deeper and you start to understand why: The White House insists information obtained about the deal was routed back to congressional opponents — and used to strengthen Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s case against the terms Obama appears… Read full this story
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