Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help (Psalms 146:3)
New Washington’s National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden to The Guardian revealed that the United States has been secretly tracking Israeli military action, according to The Times of Israel.
Snowden’s leaks have have revealed NSA spies operating against everyone from Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. This is the first time the Jewish State has been identified as an espionage target.
According to the papers, thousands of which were leaked by Snowden, the NSA has tracked “high priority Israeli military targets.”
These include unmanned aerial vehicles and the Black Sparrow missile system, a ballistic missile used as target practice for the Arrow missile-defense system.
Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom told Israel Radio he was not surprised to hear that the US had been spying on Israel, and that defense officials knew as well. He said he was warned not to discuss sensitive matters on the phone when he became a minister, under the assumption that his calls were being listened to.
In late October, former Mossad head Danny Yatom told the Maariv daily the US had spied on Israel in the past.
“I can tell you with certain knowledge that [America] has been listening in on its allies, including Israel,” Yatom said, and “not necessarily in [Benjamin] Netanyahu’s tenure” as prime minister.
The NSA documents also confirm that the US shared intelligence information with Israel’s signal intelligence unit, known as Unit 8200, which received raw materials from the Americans.
The Guardian had originally reported on this revelation in early September, also based on documents leaked by Snowden.
“Raw Sigint includes, but is not limited to, unevaluated and unminimized transcripts, gists, facsimiles, telex, voice and Digital Network Intelligence metadata and content,” the British paper quoted a 2009 memorandum of understanding between Israel and the US reading.
An NSA document leaked by Snowden in late August listed Israel as one of several “priority targets,” including Cuba, China, Russia and Iran.