Netanyahu denies Israel planted spy devices near the White House

Israel Rejects Report it was Spying on White House

IMSI-catchers mimic cellphone towers, allowing them to collect phone data ranging from incoming and outgoing call records to text messages, locations specific to within a few feet, and even emails sent to and from phones.

Israel is days away from a general election, with Mr Netanyahu fighting to hold on to his office.

"We are operating on several fronts, 360 degrees, in order to ensure the security of Israel in the face of the attempts of Iran and its proxies to attack us, and we are working against them", the Israeli leader said upon his departure.

An anonymous official said US agencies concluded following a sweeping forensic analysis that the devices were likely meant to spy on the president. The prime minister was en route Thursday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin before Israelis head to the polls on September 17.

Earlier, Israel's foreign and intelligence minister, Israel Katz, said the country "does not conduct any espionage missions in the United States".

Israel, on Thursday, denied that it planted spy devices near the White House.

In October a year ago, US officials told NBC News that they had been concerned for months that President Donald Trump has been discussing sensitive information on an unsecured cellphone, after The New York Times reported that Chinese and Russian spies had been listening to his personal calls.

Amos Yadlin, a former head of Israeli military intelligence, wrote on Twitter that the report was "fake news with a spice of anti-Semitism". As part of the questionable Russian Federation collusion probe, former Obama-era national security adviser Susan Rice reportedly unmasked senior members of Trump's presidential campaign.

The allegations could potentially rock what is a key diplomatic relationship for both the USA and Israel, days ahead of a close Israeli general election in which Netanyahu is fighting for his political life.

The story quotes three former senior U.S. officials who say an FBI investigation pointed the figure directly at Israel. "We have a directive, I have a directive: No intelligence work in the United States, no spies", he told reporters on Thursday. "I find it very hard to believe that this policy has changed", he said.

In 1986, an American court found Jewish American citizen, Jonathan Pollard, guilty of espionage on behalf of Israel.

The U.S. and Israel are extremely close allies, and that relationship has grown closer since President Trump took office.

"I don't think the Israelis were spying on us".

According to the article, "the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies" were convinced Israel was behind the intelligence operation.

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