Israel Denies Claim it Tampered with French PM’s Phone

In this handout from the Israeli GPO, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on May 23, 2016 in Jerusalem, Israel. The French Prime Minister is visiting Israel in a bid to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. He is scheduled to travel to Ramallah on Tuesday …
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The Jerusalem Post reports:  When French Prime Minister Manuel Valls arrived in Israel in May he came to promote bilateral ties, which were at the time tense in light of Israel’s objection to Paris’s initiative to hold a conference on the Middle East peace process.

While the visit was planned before the June 3 date that was set for the launch of the French initiative, Valls came to promote his country’s plan.

The visit included tours of “sensitive” areas and entrance to the Prime Minister’s Office, where cell phones are prohibited during meetings.

The French magazine L’Express raised the possibility in a report Thursday that Israel “handled ” the secure phones belonging to Valls and his French diplomatic envoy while they were in a closed-door meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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