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Israel 'spied on Kerry during peace talks'
Published Sunday 03/08/2014 (updated) 04/08/2014 10:21
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US Secretary of State John Kerry (center) watches as Palestinian
chief negotiator Saeb Erekat (left) shakes hands with Israeli Justice
Minister Tzipi Livni during a press conference in Washington, on July
30, 2013 (Getty/AFP/File Win Mcnamee)
BERLIN (AFP) -- Israel eavesdropped on US Secretary of State John Kerry during doomed peace talks with the Palestinians last year, German news weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday.

The article said the Israelis and at least one other secret service listened in on Kerry's conversations as he tried to mediate, in a development that Der Spiegel said was likely to further strain ties between Israel and the United States.

Kerry regularly spoke by telephone with high-ranking officials throughout the Middle East during the negotiations that finally collapsed earlier this year.

Spiegel, which cited "several sources among secret services," said that he used not only secure lines but also normal telephones with satellite connections which were vulnerable to tapping.

"The government in Jerusalem used this information in the negotiations on a diplomatic solution in the Middle East," it said.

Spiegel said Kerry's office and the Israeli government declined to comment on its report.

Kerry made reviving Middle East diplomacy a central priority at the start of his term and coaxed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas back to the negotiating table in July 2013.

But in April this year, Israel made a surprise announcement of plans for 700 new settlements and refused to free a last batch of Palestinian prisoners after earlier releases. Abbas in turn sought Palestinian membership in 15 UN conventions and the peace drive eventually broke down.

Kerry has attempted to mediate during the current Israeli military offensive in Gaza and flew to Israel last week.

But he has failed to bring about a lasting truce in the 26-day confrontation that has claimed more than 1,700 lives.
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1 ) Julie / USA
03/08/2014 16:08
Why the surprise? All of the people we have arrested for spying on the US from within the US government were Israeli. With friends like these who needs enemies?

2 ) JoeFattal / USA
03/08/2014 16:26
For the US they must a hell of a damn good reason to keep Israel under their wing for so long while Israel is doing their outmost to spy on their only friend in the Middle-East and stabbing the US back any chance they have. With a friend like that I rather deal with my enemy.

3 ) suharto / indonesia
03/08/2014 16:35
Salam fellow mosleems be united against the jews.we have over a million people compared to that the jews a mere 13million..Dont be afraid and scared of their conspiracies .They wish to control the world, but they cant control the mosleems.oh hamas keep on fighting until Allah grant you victory.

4 ) Mel / USA
03/08/2014 17:52
The world doesn't WANT OR NEED Zionist-led Israel!
Israel needs the world more than vise versa. Remember your place Israel.
You feed on THE WORLD,like a voracious belligerent parasite.Hosts can live without parasites if they CAST


http://rt.com/news/177636-protests-worldwide-gaza-israel/

5 ) Heinz / Germany
03/08/2014 18:27
But good friends always spy on each other, right?
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