Netanyahu denies report of Israeli spying near White House

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said the Israeli government has long had a directive not to engage in any intelligence operations in the United States

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied a media report stating Israel spied on mobile phones in the vicinity of the White House – and United States President Donald Trump said he believed him.Speaking on a trip to Russia on Thursday, Netanyahu said there was no eavesdropping on mobile phones around the US presidency because he had forbidden spying against the US.

“I have a directive: no intelligence connection in the United States, no spying,” he said. “It’s rigorously enforced without any exception. It’s a complete fabrication.”A statement from Netanyahu’s office echoed his comments and called the report “a blatant lie”.

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