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Tel Aviv Sources Accuse Washington of Leaking Israeli Secret Military Operation

Tel Aviv Sources Accuse Washington of Leaking Israeli Secret Military Operation

Monday, 12 April, 2021 - 09:45
Israeli forces patrol near Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank March 17, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Washington and Tel Aviv exchanged accusations over a secret lsraeli operation that was leaked to foreign media.

A number of Israeli sources are pointing fingers at the US, saying the leak came in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policy.

However, US sources say an Israeli officer leaked the operation’s details shortly before it was carried out.

Haaretz reported that the defense establishment had decided to postpone the operation by one day, after which the individual who leaked the operation’s details asked the reporter to wait with its publication.

The operation was reportedly planned as part of an Israeli mechanism to prevent Iran’s further establishment in Syria.

“The operation was scheduled to take place after lengthy preparation and training of the elite unit. Despite the enormous risk to operatives it entailed, decision makers considered the significance of the operation as too great not to proceed.”

Sources in Tel Aviv affirmed that this leak sparked rage among senior officials in the security apparatus and raised concern over the US intentions.

According to Walla! news website in Tel Aviv, the reason behind the leak is not clear yet, but sources in the Israeli security services claimed that they indicate a change in the US administration’s policies towards Israel’s secret war on Iran.

These sources warned that the leak would expose the Israeli commandos’ operation methods in hostile countries.

Other Israeli sources considered the leaks part of the psychological war against Iran.

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