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article imageIsrael reacts angrily over reports of U.S. spying on Netanyahu

By Robin Okuthe     Dec 22, 2013 in World
Washington - Israel officials have reacted heatedly over recent reports that U.S. and British intelligence had spied on their emails.
According to CNN translations, an intelligence alliance exists between Israel and the United States at a much unprecedented level.
“We are sharing very sensitive intelligence material,” Steinitz said.
Earlier reports by The New York Times indicated that a facility in southwest England had been deployed to monitor communications of some 1,000 individuals and organizations.
At least four Israel targets had been listed, including the prime minister’s email, CNN reported.
Earlier this month, President Barack Obama had vowed to reform the NSA.
Obama is expected to make “definitive statement” early next year on US surveillance programs after going through 40 recommendations last week.
Israel has numerously stated it would never spy on U.S. following the conviction of Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, after he was caught spying for Israel in 1985.
Pollard was sentenced to life two years later. Since then, several Israeli leaders have prevailed over the United States to release him.
Speaking on Sunday at the weekly Cabinet meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said new revelations do not impact the course of the case.
"We do not need any special event in order to discuss the release of Jonathan Pollard. We are dealing with it. I am dealing with it, with all U.S. presidents, including President Obama, all the time, including now," CNN reported Netanyahu saying."We hope that the conditions will be created that will enable us to bring Jonathan home. This is neither conditional on, nor related to, recent events, even though we have given our opinion on these developments."
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