In the midst of its espionage operations against the State of Israel, the Obama administration’s National Security Agency (NSA) listened in on private conversations conducted with members of the U.S. Congress and American-Jewish groups, a late Tuesday report in the Wall Street Journal reveals.
The NSA operations revealed to President Obama that Israeli officials had coordinated on messaging with U.S. Jewish groups that had come out against the Iran nuclear deal, the report says, citing unnamed officials familiar with the espionage operations.
At the time, President Obama was facing a wave of criticism from European leaders–such as French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel–regarding allegations of NSA spying operations against their respective countries. This, however, did not stop him from ordering spy agencies to continue their operations against Israel, claiming they served a “compelling national security purpose,” according to the WSJ report.
Thereafter, the President successfully wired the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as the two leaders fell on opposite sides of the Iran nuclear deal. Netanyahu, a fierce critic of the deal, warned it would empower Iran as the world’s largest state-sponsor of terror. President Obama, on the other hand, was convinced that negotiating with Iran, and funneling tens of billions of dollars into their coffers, would allow for the regime to open up to the world and give power to more ‘moderate’ voices from within.
The NSA would routinely intercept Netanyahu’s communications and send them to White House officials for dissections, the report says, citing a former official.
When Israel continued to lobby against the deal, the NSA picked up on Israeli officials’ conversations with American members of Congress. The people interviewed for the Wall Street Journal piece claim that these communications were mistakenly obtained, but nonetheless, still amount to a Nixonian endeavor.
The Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. responded to allegations they were “coaching” American Jewish groups on anti- Iran deal talking points, describing them as “total nonsense.”
The Obama Administration would ultimately agree to the Iran nuclear deal without the support of the American public or the U.S. Congress. When polled, a majority of the American people consistently rejected the iran deal.
Iran has already tested the limits of the nuclear deal, firing off two ballistic missile tests in clear violation of UN sanctions. The regime in Tehran has sent Shiite mercenaries to fight the civil war in Syria, and continues to overtly support terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah.