Israel Has Been Spying on the US

The United States of America has always been, by far, the strongest ally Israel has ever had. We have supported them throughout all of their wars, both in terms of equipment and diplomatically, and we continue to support them as the Palestinian crisis gets bloodier and more complicated every year. Due to this continuing US support in the face of all controversies so far, Israel has always been respectful of the US and its diplomatic process. It is for these reasons that the information that Israel has been spying on US Iran talks all the more a difficult pill to swallow. With the recent tensions between newly re-elected prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and President Obama, the news of Israeli spying is only going to make a bad situation worse.yaser_khalifa_netanyahu

The news of this spying scandal comes hot on the heels of two more Netanyahu-ian actions that are already threatening the relationship between the US and Israel. The first major misstep happened when Republicans in Congress invited Netanyahu to speak to Congress without seeking approval from the White House. Not only was this a highly political move (it was two weeks before the Israeli election), but it also spawned that awkward letter to Iran. The second big blow to relations was Netanyahu’s last minute hail mary speech before the election during which he promised that there would never be a two-state solution. While he immediately rolled back on this after he won, this is still worrying to the US due to the fact that we do support a two-state solution.

These actions have done more than harm US-Israel relations; they have helped isolate an already isolated Israel even more than it already was. With basically only the US on it’s side in the world political game, Israel is desperate for friends and desperate to not anger its last friend. Now it’s known that Israel has been spying on US Iran talks and what was once tense and fraught with anxiety is now doubly so. While the Israeli government will deny the spying, it’s known how obsessed Bibi is with these talks and no one will believe that he didn’t try to spy. What will happen next remains to be seen but there is a very real chance that the cooling of relations will continue.

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