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Cracks in U.S.-Israel relations

Benjamin Netanyahu

The former head of Mossad’s intelligence directorate  has warned against its security being compromised in sharing intelligence with United States.

The recent episode that has brought the crisis in U.S. both domestically and internationally, by  President  Donald Trump’s alleged disclosure of classified Israeli information to the Russian government officials is now affecting the cooperation on sharing of U.S.-Israeli intelligence.

The highly classified information that U.S. President Donald Trump revealed to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was reportedly provided by Israel to Washington.

 It is being speculated that  Israeli intelligence was a source for some of the highly sensitive information about the terror group’s new bomb -making capabilities that the President discussed with Russian diplomats at the Oval Office last week.

Danny Yatom, Israel’s former head of Mossad, has warned of a very bad development and a possible catastrophe if Trump compromised an Israeli source of intelligence , then we are forced not to share with U.S. the very sensitive information  about our security and terror activities of ISIS but White House insisted that Trump  did not compromised national security by sharing information with Russian officials.

The Washington Post reported that Trump’s disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the terror group as the information the President revealed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. Government.

According to the report, the partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump’s decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State.

Another issue that has widened the rift between Washington and Jerusalem when American diplomat described the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City as part of the West Bank.

This statement by Trump’s aide has sparked outrage in Israeli government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu releasing a statement that “Israel is convinced that this statement is contrary to the position of President Donald Trump as he opposed the most recent UN security Council Resolution” and even asked the United States to explain what was meant by them.

It is pertinent to mention that Trump is about to visit Israel on May 22  and he will visit the Western Wall and meet with PM Banjamin Netanyahu to resolve the Middle East conflict.

arti bali

By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

 

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