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President Obama touted the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security in his State of the Union speech, saying, “Our iron clad commitment, and I mean ironclad to Israel’s security has meant the closest military cooperation between our two countries in history.”
But an article in Foreign Policy raises some questions about that relationship when it comes to intelligence gathering and Iran.
The article says officers from Israel’s spy agency, Mossad, posed as American CIA agents to recruit members of the terrorist group Jundallah to fight in Israel’s covert war against Iran.
In the intelligence business, it’s called a false flag operation.
The mission happened during the last years of George W. Bush’s administration and it apparently affected cooperation between the U.S. and Israel when President Barack Obama assumed office.
According to intelligence officers who have seen CIA memos about the operation, President Bush went ballistic when he found out.
But author and historian Mark Perry says that the rift caused between the U.S. and Israel has largely been healed now that Barack Obama is president.