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Three Questions Everyone Should Be Asking About The Israeli Spying Allegations

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13.09.2019

On Wednesday morning, Politico reported, as a breathless “exclusive,” that “Israel was most likely behind the placement of cellphone surveillance devices that were found near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington.”

The charge is explosive, not just for U.S.-Israeli relations but for internal Israeli elections. The Israelis are holding elections next week, and incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party are running on the closeness between Netanyahu and President Trump as a key advantage. Suggestions of tension, let alone a genuine “blow-up,” could swing the election and with it, the direction of Israeli history.

A responsible journalist leveling this sort of charge at such a time would only do so with deep and unimpeachable sourcing and only if the details of the story were incredibly solid. Thus, readers might be surprised to learn that the entire piece was hung on three former administration officials who said it’s unclear whether the efforts were successful or if it was actually the Israelis.

A few things in particular should render audiences quite skeptical of this recent Politico report, which the mainstream media has scooped up without........

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