Israel Joins Club of Angry Nations After NSA Snooped on Prime Minister’s Emails

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Dec. 23 2013 8:27 PM

Israel Joins Club of Angry Nations After NSA Snooped on Prime Minister’s Emails

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Now Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu feels German Chancellor Angela Merkel's pain.

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It goes without saying that countries, like people, don’t like to be spied on. Most countries, unlike normal well-adjusted people, play the old espionage game themselves, but still that doesn’t mean they don’t reserve the right to be peeved when they catch others in the act. So, when another Snowden-bomb was dropped on Friday in the Guardian, the New York Times, and Germany’s Der Spiegel that the British intelligence agency GCHQ was in cahoots with the NSA when it monitored the email addresses of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and other leaders, needless to say, current Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu wasn’t happy. 

“I have asked for an examination of the matter,” Netanyahu told members of his ruling party on Monday, according to the Guardian. “In the close relationship between Israel and the United States, there are things that are prohibited and that are unacceptable to us.” “The tracking after prime ministers and defense ministers is not legitimate and not acceptable to us," the spokesman of Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz told CNN. "There is an intelligence alliance between (the United States and Israel) at an unprecedented level, and we are sharing the most sensitive (intelligence) material."

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In reponse to the revelations, a spokeswoman for the NSA told CNN on Friday "the United States collects foreign intelligence just as many other nations do."

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.