Snowden Leak: British Intelligence Calls Israel "True Threat" To Middle East

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According to leaked documents released by Edward Snowden, British intelligence spied on Israeli diplomats and military officials in 2008 and 2009, the French newspaper Le Monde and Israel’s Haaretz reported on Wednesday.

One of the files from 2009 said that “Britain’s GCHQ intelligence-gathering apparatus defined Israel as ‘a true threat’ to the Middle East”.

“The Israelis constitute a true threat to regional security, notably because of the country’s position on the Iran issue,” the file said.

The UK spy agency gathered data on the “second-highest ranking official in the Israeli foreign ministry”, who went unidentified by Le Monde and Haaretz. The two outlets also said that the UK gathered surveillance on the Palestinian Authority.

GCHQ tapped the phone of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in December 2008, weeks before Israel launched an offensive the following month.

GCHQ also monitored emails between Israel’s ambassadors to Kenya and Nigeria and the private Israel defence company Ophir Optronics.

During those two years, the UK spied on the Palestinian Liberation Organisation’s secretary general and several Palestinian diplomatic delegations, including former Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qurei and Israeli-Palestinian parliamentarian Dr Ahmad Tibi.

The documents were released by Edward Snowden, the 33-year-old who is wanted in the US to face trial on charges brought under the Espionage Act after he leaked thousands of classified documents in 2013 revealing the vast US surveillance of private data put in place after the 11 September 2001 attacks.

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nuubee's picture

I have no great love of Israel, but this is bullshit. Arab pride is neolithic and should be confronted, with force if necessary.

BennyBoy's picture


In September Russia bombed the place that was directing the rebels in Aleppo. About 30km from Aleppo.

30 Isralis died. Some americans and NATO trash.

I think Israel sucks in what they have done recently to those that walk around an iron meteorite, trampling each other to death, in Arabia.

bthunder's picture



i thought so...

Il Dottore's picture
Il Dottore (not verified) Devotional Dec 9, 2016 3:24 PM

Maybe the article should say "Israel is in total control of the United States"

The article could add... "Israel started infiltrating all our Courts, Media, Military and Banks since the incident of the USS Liberty. That's why we send our military to pointless wars in their favour or giving them for free shitloads of money while people starving al around the country".

And finally the article might point out "the faith of America is no other than the same for the URSS. First thing Putin did when arriving to the power, was nothing but kicking out the Israeli Tycoons starving the country" 


They fucking did 9/11 you wankers


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techies-r-us (not verified) letsit Dec 9, 2016 3:26 PM

Time that sh*tty little country goes the way of Sparta.

BullyBearish's picture


beemasters's picture

"Arab pride is neolithic and should be confronted, with force if necessary."

If you are my neighbor and you keep overtaking my land by force and deceit, restrict my family's resources and movement, I wouldn't say it's due to neolithic pride that I would retaliate. It's just common sense and a logical progression of that scenario much as you may cry foul saying those who oppose you are evil or terrorists.

I'm not Jew bashing for there are many good, far-sighted Jews too that oppose what Israel is doing. The fact is Zionists have tight control over Israel as they have with western [central] banks, media and politics. It's their actions that have incited anti-Jew sentiments all over the globe.

BuddyEffed's picture

Point to ponder:

What natural resources and produce and production are coming from that economy?

Are they a source or a sink of things.

beemasters's picture

No reason to ponder...let's experiment. Tell us your home address (there is no "resources" there either), let us send your family packing, occupy your house and call you, your family the evil ones.

Ghordius's picture

"The fact is Zionists have tight control over Israel as they have with western [central] banks, media and politics."

Zionism, straight and without whistles and bells, is just about the right of Israel to exist

Zionism of the super-duper ultra-right kind, is about building so many walls in Israel that at the end many will be just as in jail. While pushing for more walls all over the world so that Israel-of-the-many-walls does not stick out. While promoting a Crusade Against Islam, of the "Nuke Islam!" moron kind. While promoting all kind of super-duper ultra-right movements elsewhere

now, those Zionists seem to think that if they get the world to hate Islam enough (all the frigging billion people, note) ... that then they get what they want, i.e. less attention for what they are doing in their country to populations they don't regard as their own... while it's actually populations that were there before modern Israel was set up

interestingly, those Zionists... aren't often even Israelis, nor do they live necessarily in Israel

often, they are Americans or Russians

and in the case of Americans, they aren't even necessarily Jewish, they often just go to a church where the preacher decided that Zion and "Armageddon, Soon" are kind of super-cool, with big balls of fire and music

Gaza is still under siege. utterly underreported, because kind of boring for newsies

Tallest Skil's picture

The difference being that Sparta sacrificed their OWN babies...

Troy Ounce's picture


Did letsis just come?

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evoila's picture

Iran isn't arab dumbshit

Consuelo's picture



"They all look alike..."



Saeed's picture

As British PM said, "Truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it; ignorance may deride it; but in the end there it is".

God Almighty created the world in His infinite wisdom and everything in it in perfect balance. Under Satanic, and his minions' amongst humans, influence the public opinion shifts towards evil.

But then truth seekers, like Snowden and Assange, get so disgusted with the way things are that they take personal risks to bring out the lies and fabrications. Then amazingly other people and nations come out of no where and collect the courage to support the truth seekers.

Saudi rulers are really corrupt rulers amongst Muslim dictators, and the lesser ones placed in office by CIA and the US govt. They played a trick on the Muslims by hosting the annual pilgrimage with good facilities by which the Muslims have a good opinion about them.

Saudi royals have done some of the bidding on behalf of US and Israhell. Some researchers (David Livingstone book, Illuminati and Terrorism - a 3,000 year history) claim that Saudi royals have Jewish roots going back to Jews who fled in the exodus when the Romans invaded Jerusalem. That would explain their leanings toward Zionists in US and Israhell.

Dave the jew's picture

Not hard to spy on a nation you invented ..... mi6 control Mossad that's been known for years . Snowden leak ? More like controlled , misleading disinformation !!!

Dave the jew's picture

Not hard to spy on a nation you invented ..... mi6 control Mossad that's been known for years . Snowden leak ? More like controlled , misleading disinformation !!!

bthunder's picture

"According to the Arabic-language version of Russia’s Sputnik news agency, some “30 Israeli and Western officers” died when they were hit by three Kalibr cruise missiles"

If you trust arab-language russian propaganda, I REALLY fel sorry for you.




beemasters's picture

There's no need to listen to any propaganda (west or east). One just needs to see the Israeli/Palestinian land change from 1946 to present to be able to make his/her own deductions.

Note: Israel didn't buy Palestinian lands. They have bulldozed their homes and destroyed their livelihood. After 50-60 years, there are still many evicted Palestinians living in refugee camps in Lebanon and neighboring countries too. Check it out yourself by visiting them. No propaganda needed.

TruthHammer's picture


Here is the source, joo lover ;)

How is cuckery-land doing, goy?"



Read the article, your source is Iran's State News.  Keep up the good work Bahgdad Bob, the revolutionary guard is proud.

CNONC's picture

The only source is an un-named "battlefield source" for Sputnik news, then picked up by FARS, then echoed in the Times of Israel.  One anonymous, unconfirmed source.  Hell of a story if its true, but no follow up has appeared anywhere.  Propaganda does exist, and it comes from all sides.  It is an amateurish intellectual error to fail to be skepitcal of everything you encounter, especially when it confirms your existing biases.  

knightowl77's picture

Seriously....Islam is NOT the religion of the peace....I do NOT want muslems here in this country and I do NOT mind if other places don't want muslems in their country either.


I get the whole Rothchilds/central banker/NWO/globalists are Evil thingy. Totally. But I have not one hesitation about removing Islam here or anywhere else. Islam is my enemy, any other enemy of Islam is my friend.

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Il Dottore (not verified) bthunder Dec 9, 2016 3:22 PM


BorisTheBlade's picture

Fog of war, neither can you disprove what he says unless you're willing to get bravely on the ground. Many people died in this largely unnecessary war. Syria, just as Ukraine should've never happenned. US had not nothing to gain from either of those quagmires, except maybe for prolonging imperial overreach for a little longer.

Bill of Rights's picture

WOW do you look like a dumb fuck

Croesus's picture

If anyone wants a good book to read on Iran, I would suggest "All the Shah's Men".


It's about the history of the Abaddan (sp?) Refinery, and the overthrow of the Mossadegh government.


Like many nations in the Middle East, they have pretty good reasons to hate the West, once you look at their history from their perspective, instead of the "non-Russian Propaganda" version. 



Cheka_Mate's picture

Yes, MI6 put Kermit Roosevelt up to overthrowing Mossadegh under the fear of Tudeh (Left wing) alliance with the USSR.

England converted their navy from coal to oil, and couldn't afford to lose access to what was then the largest oil reserve in their Dominion.

Iran has been a pivot point between Anglo Vs Russian power since the Great Game.  Not surprising they have gotten fucking tired of it.

"Oil Kings" by Andrew Scott Cooper is another good read on the Shah, Kissinger, and House of Saud 

Diottica's picture

A bad, but revealing read on the same subject is "Muhammad Mossadegh and a Very British Coup" by Chrisopher de Bellaigue.  Bad because it's been edited by a who's who of zionist publishing (the editorial staff are listed), so, besides the obligatory mention of the holocaust, only the author's prologue and epilogue contain the plain truth.  However, it's revealing, because it's clear if you read between teh lines (and have some knowledge) that it was a very USA coup (US oil companies were the main beneficiaries) and how the script was edited to change the beneficiaries (of the oil/refinery) to 'UK and western companies' rather than UK and USA companies.

It's a good read on Mossadegh though - leaves you wanting more; he sounds an interesting character.

enfield0916's picture

Not Faux Nooz or Cunt News Network. Happy now? Bloody Hasbara troll!

Darktarra's picture

I don't know... If I miss player during the day and I am Arab, I run the change of being flogged ... not if I am Christian or Jew.  

If I am female and I am showing face, ankle, too much clevage or out in public without a male excort, I am stonned.  

If I am bi or gay, and Arab, I get thrown off a building, not if I am Christian or Jew... 


Sorry, but I will continue to support Christian and Jewish faith based cultures as they are the easiest way to get to a peaceful afterlife! 

Croesus's picture

"Jewish faith based cultures as they are the easiest way to get to a peaceful afterlife!"


Spend a day reading the Schulchan Aruch, and your love of Judaism might change...mine did.

Doctor Faustus's picture

Oh, so you admit you had love of Judaism at one time. Interesting.

Have you read Pirke Avot?

MaxThrust's picture

Croesus, you have read across a wide range of topics. I am not keen on reading religeous texts so I will take your word for it. Your previous posts on ZH confirm your integrity.

SoDamnMad's picture

Dec 7 Israel fire 2 surface to surface missiles from the Golan Heights at a military airport outside of Damascus. This to send a message.

Message to who, Russia?  Perhaps Israel bombed the Russian field hospital to send a messege too.  

roadhazard's picture

  You could of at least fleshed it out with a pizza parlor.

Tallest Skil's picture

What do you mean it's bullshit? They're a rogue nuclear state (and the West is breaking ALL of our respective laws by doing any business with them), their official war plan for being attacked is NUKING EVERY WESTERN CAPITAL FOR NO REASON, and they're instituting GENOCIDE on the entire western world AND the Arab world.

You don't have to pick a fucking side. You can hate BOTH jews AND muslims. And you SHOULD.

JohnG's picture

It's what (((they))) do.  At war with humanity for 5000 years.

Time to exterminate them once and for all.

Warming up the ovens.

froze25's picture

So it was choice "C" this whole time, who knew?

HalinCA's picture

And so that must make Zion pride paleolithic, no?

DomoJojo's picture

Compared to the delusional, blood-thirsty, deceiving followers of the Talmud, a little patriotic pride from the Arabs should be easy to understand.

silverer's picture

More leaks. This goes all the way back to Professor Leaky, who discovered the true nature of humans. They leak all over the place.

RagaMuffin's picture

Dude, you are in worse shape than I am , and that takes some doing........  ;-)

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Good drugs make the  difference.

Doctor Faustus's picture

+1 for the Dr. Richard Leaky reference. Oldavai Gorge and all that. 

Normalcy Bias's picture

I suppose Snowden will now be labelled as an anti-semite for even leaking these docs.