A new row has broken out between the Netanyahu and Obama administrations.
The US has accused Israel of spying on international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme.
Meanwhile according to the Wall Street Journal which first broke this story, its not just the alleged spying thats really upsetting the Obama administration:
“It is one thing for the U.S. and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal U.S. secrets and play them back to U.S. legislators to undermine U.S. diplomacy,” said a senior U.S. official briefed on the matter.
This new story reminded me of a quote which I read, by Meir Dagan the former chief of the Mossad.
“What message does it send when our prime minister says that we don’t need information from the talks and that we have our own sources? Is he implying that we are spying on the United States?”
What this statement possibly tells us is that there were already concerns in Israel that Netanyahu’s statements alone, for whatever reason, could make the Americans think that Israel was spying on them.
The fact that this concern was aired in Israel 3 weeks before the Obama administration made the accusations is certainly noteworthy.
These are just assumptions. But what is not an assumption is that every week many of us think Israel – US government relations can’t get any worst, and every week reality proves us wrong.
This has got to stop.