Israel slams a Newsweek report based on unnamed sources, claiming Jerusalem is involved in attempts to steal US ‘industry & technical secrets’.
A senior diplomatic source in Jerusalem said the report has a ‘whiff of anti-Semitism’.
By Attila Somfalvi
Israel on Tuesday hit back at a Newsweek report claiming American officials believe Israeli intelligence-gathering efforts in the US have “crossed red lines.”
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The Israeli embassy in Washington issued a denial, saying that “Israel does not conduct any spying activities (against the US), and condemns any attempt to tarnish Israel with false allegations.”
A senior diplomatic source in Jerusalem said Israel would send the US a strong message over the report, even going so far as to argue that parts of it were “tainted with a whiff of anti-Semitism.”
The scathing Newsweek report, published earlier Tuesday (also Israel’s Independence Day), said that “Jerusalem’s efforts to steal US secrets under the cover of trade missions and joint defense technology contracts have ‘crossed red lines’…going far beyond activities by other close allies, such as Germany, France, the UK and Japan.”
The report, by Newsweek’s Jeff Stein, went on to claim that, “Zionists were dispatching spies to America before there even was an Israel, to gather money and materials for the cause and later the fledgling state.”
The report also cited a congressional staffer familiar with a briefing of testimonies by US counterspies to the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees, who described them as “very sobering…alarming…even terrifying,” with another calling it “damaging.”
The report further went on to claim that Israel’s main targets were America’s industrial and technical secrets. Continue Reading »