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Israeli PM says U.S. spying "unacceptable"

English.news.cn   2013-12-24 02:49:31            
 • Israeli PM said that it is "unacceptable" that US intelligence agency is spying on Israeli officials.
 • Documents were leaked over the weekend by the former U.S. NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
 • Documents showed that the NSA intercepted emails and phone calls of Netanyahu.

 

JERUSALEM, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that it is "unacceptable" that United States ' intelligence agency is spying on Israeli officials, local media reported.

In a weekly meeting of Knesset (parliament) members of Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, the Prime Minister said he had asked to call forth an inquiry into the details of the supposed eavesdropping.

"In the close relationship between Israel and the U.S. there are things that must not be done and that are unacceptable for us, " the Ynet news website cited Netanyahu as saying.

Netanyahu also mentioned in that aspect Jonathan Pollard, a U.S. -Israeli spy who has been incarcerated for spying against the U.S. on Israel's behalf and sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for espionage, a sensitive topic in the alliance between Israel and the U.S. and the conduct of espionage between the allies.

"He should have been released a long time ago," Netanyahu said. "This is understood to everyone here and I believe it is understood to growing audience in the U.S. as well," the prime minister added.

Documents were leaked over the weekend by the former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden and published in Der Spiegel and the New York Times.

These documents showed that the NSA, along with British Intelligence, intercepted emails and phone calls of Netanyahu, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and former Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

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Israeli ministers demand U.S. to end spying

JERUSALEM, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Israeli ministers are demanding on Sunday the U.S. to end espionage in light of the revelation that the National Security Agency has spied on Israel's top leaders.

"Now the secret is out," said Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz in a statement, "The U.S. is systematically spying on the defense and diplomatic leadership here in Israel. Is this how friends treat each other?"  Full story

Yearender: Snowden's revolt jolts Western alliance, strains Russia-U.S. ties

Facing "unchanged" espionage charges back in his home country, Snowden, who was stranded in the transit zone of a Moscow airport for nearly six weeks before receiving temporary asylum, almost broke trust between the United States and its European allies like Germany.

No one, even Snowden himself, can say for sure why the 30-year-old analyst leaked, as U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) Chief Keith Alexander said in November, up to 200,000 classified documents to the media.  Full story

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