Israel has officially altered its intelligence-sharing protocols with the United States. The move comes as the result of Trump’s careless decision to reveal highly classified intelligence with the Russians Foreign Minister and Russian Ambassador during an exclusive – albeit controversial – meeting the White House.
“I can confirm that we did a spot repair,” explained Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. “What we had to clarify with our friends in the United States, we did. We did our checks.”
While Liberman did not go as far as to say what those changes entailed specifically, the Israelis were reportedly furious, calling the leak “horrifying.”
According to Foreign Policy:
“What Trump did is liable to cause heavy damage to Israel’s security, as well as the source, and U.S. security,” Danny Yatom, a former chief of Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service, told a Tel Aviv radio station. “Especially if this information reaches our good friends, the Iranians.”
Yatom said there was a danger the breach could cause a “loss of faith between the intelligence services.”
Per The Hill, the information that Trump so casually divulged was “related to an ISIS threat involving bombs planted inside laptop computers carried on airplanes,” intelligence that was provided by Israel but that Trump did not have permission to share with the Russians.
At the time, Trump had been boasting to the Russians that he gets “great intel.”
Israel, our closest ally in an otherwise volatile and decidedly anti-American region, should not have to worry that their highly classified intelligence – which hadn’t even been shared with our own allies – was leaked to an adversarial foreign power. Trump’s infatuation with Russian President Vladimir Putin has always been cause for concern, but as he decimates our nation’s credibility so he can brag for the Kremlin, Trump has proven just how unfit he is to hold office.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.