Top Israeli politicians want the US to stop "systematically spying" on Israel after revelations that the NSA intercepted emails of former top brass. Much to everybody's surprise, the Prime Minister’s Office has chosen to stifle the scandal, however.
"The secret is out," Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said Sunday. "The US is systematically spying on the defense and diplomatic leadership here in Israel. Is this how friends treat each other?"
Housing Minister Uri Ariel said on Israel Radio he expected the US to admit wrongdoing.
The NSA responded to media reports claiming it had spied on Israeli government officials by saying that it is "not going to comment publicly on every specific alleged intelligence activity," Haaretz newspaper reported. NSA spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan added that the US "gathers foreign intelligence of the type gathered by all nations."
Labor Member of Knesset Nachman Shai said: "The silence of Israeli officials following these reports is disappointing and shameful."
"We cannot let such revelations pass quietly. Like Germany and Brazil, we should ask the US for clarification, or at least confirmation that such spying has stopped."