Commentary — The Wall Street Journal has released an article stating that Israel, which has long been known to engage in aggressive espianage against the United States, has been feeding stolen information on the U.S. nuclear talks with Iran to Congressional stooges in order to thwart any deal with Iran that could get in the way of an attack on that country. Lindsey Graham, who piles up frequent flier miles from his junkets to Israel, made the implausible statement that “No one from Israel’s ever briefed me about the agreement. If they’re spying, they’re not telling me about it.”
House Speaker Boehner, fresh from hosting PM Netanyahu over the objections of the Obama Administration, feined “shock” at the reports of information stolen by Israeli spies being fed to Congress. (See the article from The Times of Israel below.) He will be leading Congressional Republicans on an Easter recess homage to Israel next week.
An unnamed senior administration official told the Wall Street Journal that “It is one thing for the US and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal US secrets and play them back to US legislators to undermine US diplomacy.”
To receive U.S. secrets stolen by spies would make these Congressmen complicit in espianage, even if after the fact. Boehner, Graham, and most of the rest of Congress have been pretty open about their loyalty to Netanyahu and Israel over their own government. When will Americans wake up to the humiliation and disgrace of being the most powerful country in history and still being manipulated by a tiny minority into self-destruction?
Boehner ‘a bit shocked’ by report Israel spied on Iran talks
‘Baffled’ house speaker insists ‘no information revealed to me whatsoever,’ after US officials say leaked details were back-channeled to legislators
The top Republican in Congress said Tuesday he was “shocked” by a report that Israel spied on Iranian nuclear talks but insisted he did not know whether information was shared with US lawmakers.
The Wall Street Journal reported late Monday that in addition to Israelis spying on the highly-sensitive negotiations between Tehran and world powers, details were back-channeled to US legislators in an effort to sabotage the deal intended to limit Iran’s nuclear program.
“Frankly I was a bit shocked, because, there was no information revealed to me whatsoever,” said House Speaker John Boehner, who will visit Israel in coming weeks following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election victory.
On the apparent leaking of details to unnamed members of Congress, Boehner said, “I’m not aware of that at all.”
Many Republicans are opposed to any accord that would not outright eliminate Iran’s entire nuclear program, rather than merely freeze or contain it.
Israel’s outgoing Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman dismissed the Journal report as untrue, adding that “we do not spy on the United States.”
Boehner avoided commenting on the appropriateness of Israelis potentially transferring sensitive negotiation data to members of Congress, saying only that he was “not sure what the information was — but I’m baffled by it.”
Boehner infuriated Democrats earlier this year when he arranged for Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress on the nuclear negotiations, without consulting with the White House.
Several Democratic lawmakers boycotted the speech, in which Netanyahu warned of the perils of agreeing to an imperfect deal with Iran, and President Barack Obama declined to meet with the Israeli leader during his Washington visit.
Boehner travels to Israel during the congressional Easter recess, which begins late this week, although his office did not provide specific dates.
He is expected to lead a Republican congressional delegation to Israel and meet with Netanyahu.
A spokesman said Boehner “looks forward to visiting the country, discussing our shared priorities for peace and security in the region, and further strengthening the bond between the United States and Israel.”