Yerushalayim (TPS) – Intelligence cooperation between Israel and the United States has expanded significantly under US President Donald Trump’s administration, despite his alleged leak of sensitive information to Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in early May, Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told Army Radio on Tuesday.
However, responding to a June 12 report by The New York Times that the intelligence Trump leaked had to do with Israeli cyberspies who uncovered an ISIS plan to blow up passenger airliners with explosives disguised as laptop batteries, Katz said the leak was “not helpful.”
“On the one hand, this affair shows that Israel is a regional and international intelligence-gathering power, but on the other hand, [Trump’s intelligence leak] did not help matters,” Katz said.
“[But] I can attest that new US policy that considers Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and of course ISIS as enemies, while recognizing Israel as the force standing at the forefront of the battle, has led to expanded… intelligence and security cooperation in all relevant matters,” said Katz.
“This [intelligence-gathering expansion] has been beneficial to the security of both our countries,” concluded Katz.