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Israeli spies upset by Trump intel-sharing with Russia

The US-Israeli partnership is critical because Israel has spies in parts of the Mideast where the US does not.

world Updated: May 19, 2017 21:47 IST
During a recent meeting with two Russian officials, Trump shared information about an Islamic State threat involving laptops on airplanes.
During a recent meeting with two Russian officials, Trump shared information about an Islamic State threat involving laptops on airplanes.(AP REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

The United States and Israel are trying to move past President Donald Trump’s apparent sharing of Israeli intelligence with Russia. But American and Israeli spy professionals say they’re frustrated and fearful about the repercussions to the US-Israeli intelligence partnership.

During a recent meeting with two Russian officials, Trump shared information about an Islamic State threat involving laptops on airplanes.

According to a senior US official not authorized to discuss sensitive intelligence matters and speaking on condition of anonymity.

The US-Israeli partnership is critical because Israel has spies in parts of the Mideast where the US doesn’t. Israel also has robust cyber capabilities in the region.

Former intelligence officials worry Israel will be more reluctant to share highly classified information with the Trump administration, especially if it could endanger spies.