Israeli Spymaster Dumps on Trump from Very Shaky Ground

Wake up, ISIS is Israel

Editor’s note:  The tempest in a teacup, Israeli intelligence spilled to Russia by Trump that might expose valuable Israeli agents serving with ISIS is high humor.  First of all, Israel shares only fabricated idiocy with America and nobody gives Trump intel.  He gets given crayons, not pencils, he might put his eye out.

Here’s our point, short and sweet.  Israel knows about ISIS because they give ISIS real intel, not Trump and, wait for it…they command ISIS.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK-S4qFoEB0

Former Israeli spymasters rip into Trump, say Israel must reassess intel sharing

Ex-Mossad head Shavit: US president is like a ‘bull in a china shop… If tomorrow I were asked to pass information to the CIA, I would do everything I could to not pass it to them’

May 17, 2017, 5:10 pm 37

Former head of the Mossad, Shabtai Shavit, attends a press conference organized by 'Commanders for Israel's Security' in Tel Aviv on January 15, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Former head of the Mossad, Shabtai Shavit, attends a press conference organized by ‘Commanders for Israel’s Security’ in Tel Aviv on January 15, 2017. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Judah Ari Gross
Judah Ari GrossJudah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel’s military correspondent.

A former chief of the Mossad spy agency fired off harsh criticism at Donald Trump in an interview with The Times of Israel on Wednesday, saying his actions put international information-sharing efforts at risk, in light of reports that the US president divulged classified intelligence to Russia last week. And a second former head of the agency said in a radio interview that Israel should punish Trump over the affair.

Meanwhile, Israeli officials worked to cool tensions with promises of continued security cooperation.

Shabtai Shavit, who led the Mossad in the 1990s, said that were he in charge of the intelligence organization today, he would not be inclined to share more information with his American counterparts.

“If tomorrow I were asked to pass information to the CIA, I would do everything I could to not pass it to them. Or I would first protect myself and only then give it, and what I’d give would be totally neutered,” Shavit told The Times of Israel in a phone interview.

A handout photo made available by the Russian Foreign Ministry on May 10, 2017 shows US President Donald J. Trump (C) speaking with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak during a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC. (HO / RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY / AFP)“If some smart guy decides that he’s allowed to leak information, then your partners in cooperation will be fewer or just won’t be at all,” he warned.

On Monday, The Washington Post reported that Trump revealed “code word”-level intelligence — one of the highest levels of secrecy in the US — during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak earlier this month.

A handout photo made available by the Russian Foreign Ministry on May 10, 2017 shows US President Donald J. Trump (C) speaking with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak during a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC. (HO / RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY / AFP)

The country supplying the intelligence to the US was identified in the Post story only as “an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State,” but sources told The New York Times on Tuesday that the ally was Israel. The ABC news outlet then reported that the information came specifically from a spy embedded in the terrorist group on behalf of Israel.

The Israeli government has not officially confirmed that is the source of the reportedly leaked intelligence.

But according to Shavit, when it comes to how Israeli security services will act in the future, it doesn’t matter if it was Israeli intelligence or “English or French or German,” as the most important takeaway from the episode was Trump’s carelessness.

Describing the US president as a “bull in a china shop” — or as the Hebrew version of the expression goes, an “elephant in a china shop” — Shavit accused Trump of entering situations without first being properly briefed, and then unwittingly violating the unwritten codes of conduct of intelligence.

The former Mossad chief acknowledged that Trump “is allowed to make the decision” to reveal sensitive intelligence. “However, the rules of proper operation demand that even a president of the world’s greatest power consult with the experts. That’s why the government pays them,” Shavit said.

Ex-Mossad chief Danny Yatom (photo credit: Olivier Fitoussi /Flash90)

Ex-Mossad chief Danny Yatom (photo credit: Olivier Fitoussi /Flash90)

Another former head of the Mossad, Danny Yatom, said Israel should penalize the US over Trump’s leak because his acts could endanger Israeli sources.

“We need to punish the Americans, it’s possible, so that we don’t put Trump in a position where he is again tempted, we need to abstain from transferring information to him, or to only give him partial information so that he can’t endanger any source,” said Yatom, who headed the spy agency between 1999 and 2001.

Even though it is Trump’s right to declassify information, if he keeps doing it Israel will “stop sharing in the future,” he estimated, speaking in an interview with Radio 103 FM.

‘We have to reevaluate if we should pass along information and what information we should pass along to the Americans’

On Wednesday morning, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily quoted an unnamed Israeli intelligence official who said the country’s clandestine services could not continue passing along high value information until they are convinced that the United States can be trusted to protect it.

“We have to reevaluate if we should pass along information and what information we should pass along to the Americans. This is our greatest ally, and we share with them heaps of super-secret information,” the source said.

“Until we can be sure that this channel is absolutely secure, we must not hand over our crown jewels through it,” the official added.

Amnon Sofrin, former head of the Mossad's Intelligence Directorate. (Screen capture: YouTube)

Amnon Sofrin, former head of the Mossad’s Intelligence Directorate. (Screen capture: YouTube)

Amnon Sofrin, a former head of the Mossad’s Intelligence Directorate, said on Wednesday that while the incident was troubling, he did not anticipate that it would have a tremendous effect on the overall relationship between Israeli and American security services.

“If this really happened and there is some reflection about the source, it can cause a big problem for us because it can put the source at risk and cause damage for our activities,” he said, in a phone briefing with the Israel Project.

“I don’t believe that [this] will cause such a big damage. It might cause small damage… but not a disaster,” Sofrin added.

In an apparent attempt to assuage concerns, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman took to Twitter on Wednesday morning with reassurances that Israeli-American security cooperation would continue to be “deep, significant and unprecedented in their scope and contribution to our strength.”

He added that he was certain that “the Mossad will do all in its power so that the source can keep giving information, but will try to extract him if need be.”

Likud parliament member Avi Dichter attends a Knesset discussion on November 19, 2015. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

Likud parliament member Avi Dichter attends a Knesset discussion on November 19, 2015. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

Earlier in the day, Likud MK Avi Dichter, a former head of the Shin Bet internal security service, downplayed the severity of the incident, describing it as part of the cost of doing spy business.

“I know of more than a few incident over the years, from different countries, in which they made use of intelligence in far more scandalous ways than how the media has described this,” Dichter, who chairs the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, told Army Radio.

But Shavit, the former Mossad chief, scoffed at the notion that it was a one-off incident, chuckling when asked if it was the kind of thing that happened from time to time but was not necessarily indicative of a trend.

“It’s what? One hundred and twenty days since he got into the White House? Foul-up follows foul-up over there,” he said, referring to a number of embarrassing leaks and failures that have come out of the Trump administration.

‘Before he makes any decision, he posts on Twitter. Is that how you run a country? That’s not how you run a corner-store’

“[Trump] is trying to run the country like he ran his private company — and it doesn’t work. What can you do? It doesn’t work. That’s the source of the troubles,” Shavit said.

He also took Trump to task for his social media game.

“Before he makes any decision, he posts on Twitter. He tweets and then checks the responses in order to make his decision. Is that how you run a country?” Shavit asked. “That’s not how you run a corner store.”

Gavin Rabinowitz contributed to this report.

A former chief of the Mossad spy agency fired off harsh criticism at Donald Trump in an interview with The Times of Israel on Wednesday, saying his actions put international information-sharing efforts at risk, in light of reports that the US president divulged classified intelligence to Russia last week. And a second former head of the agency said in a radio interview that Israel should punish Trump over the affair.

Meanwhile, Israeli officials worked to cool tensions with promises of continued security cooperation.

Shabtai Shavit, who led the Mossad in the 1990s, said that were he in charge of the intelligence organization today, he would not be inclined to share more information with his American counterparts.

“If tomorrow I were asked to pass information to the CIA, I would do everything I could to not pass it to them. Or I would first protect myself and only then give it, and what I’d give would be totally neutered,” Shavit told The Times of Israel in a phone interview.

“If some smart guy decides that he’s allowed to leak information, then your partners in cooperation will be fewer or just won’t be at all,” he warned.A handout photo made available by the Russian Foreign Ministry on May 10, 2017 shows US President Donald J. Trump (C) speaking with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak during a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC. (HO / RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY / AFP)

On Monday, The Washington Post reported that Trump revealed “code word”-level intelligence — one of the highest levels of secrecy in the US — during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak earlier this month.

 

A handout photo made available by the Russian Foreign Ministry on May 10, 2017 shows US President Donald J. Trump (C) speaking with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak during a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC. (HO / RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY / AFP)

The country supplying the intelligence to the US was identified in the Post story only as “an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State,” but sources told The New York Times on Tuesday that the ally was Israel. The ABC news outlet then reported that the information came specifically from a spy embedded in the terrorist group on behalf of Israel.

The Israeli government has not officially confirmed that is the source of the reportedly leaked intelligence.

But according to Shavit, when it comes to how Israeli security services will act in the future, it doesn’t matter if it was Israeli intelligence or “English or French or German,” as the most important takeaway from the episode was Trump’s carelessness.

Describing the US president as a “bull in a china shop” — or as the Hebrew version of the expression goes, an “elephant in a china shop” — Shavit accused Trump of entering situations without first being properly briefed, and then unwittingly violating the unwritten codes of conduct of intelligence.

The former Mossad chief acknowledged that Trump “is allowed to make the decision” to reveal sensitive intelligence. “However, the rules of proper operation demand that even a president of the world’s greatest power consult with the experts. That’s why the government pays them,” Shavit said.

Ex-Mossad chief Danny Yatom (photo credit: Olivier Fitoussi /Flash90)

Ex-Mossad chief Danny Yatom (photo credit: Olivier Fitoussi /Flash90)

Another former head of the Mossad, Danny Yatom, said Israel should penalize the US over Trump’s leak because his acts could endanger Israeli sources.

“We need to punish the Americans, it’s possible, so that we don’t put Trump in a position where he is again tempted, we need to abstain from transferring information to him, or to only give him partial information so that he can’t endanger any source,” said Yatom, who headed the spy agency between 1999 and 2001.

Even though it is Trump’s right to declassify information, if he keeps doing it Israel will “stop sharing in the future,” he estimated, speaking in an interview with Radio 103 FM.

‘We have to reevaluate if we should pass along information and what information we should pass along to the Americans’

On Wednesday morning, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily quoted an unnamed Israeli intelligence official who said the country’s clandestine services could not continue passing along high value information until they are convinced that the United States can be trusted to protect it.

“We have to reevaluate if we should pass along information and what information we should pass along to the Americans. This is our greatest ally, and we share with them heaps of super-secret information,” the source said.

“Until we can be sure that this channel is absolutely secure, we must not hand over our crown jewels through it,” the official added.

Amnon Sofrin, former head of the Mossad's Intelligence Directorate. (Screen capture: YouTube)

Amnon Sofrin, former head of the Mossad’s Intelligence Directorate. (Screen capture: YouTube)

Amnon Sofrin, a former head of the Mossad’s Intelligence Directorate, said on Wednesday that while the incident was troubling, he did not anticipate that it would have a tremendous effect on the overall relationship between Israeli and American security services.

“If this really happened and there is some reflection about the source, it can cause a big problem for us because it can put the source at risk and cause damage for our activities,” he said, in a phone briefing with the Israel Project.

“I don’t believe that [this] will cause such a big damage. It might cause small damage… but not a disaster,” Sofrin added.

In an apparent attempt to assuage concerns, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman took to Twitter on Wednesday morning with reassurances that Israeli-American security cooperation would continue to be “deep, significant and unprecedented in their scope and contribution to our strength.”

He added that he was certain that “the Mossad will do all in its power so that the source can keep giving information, but will try to extract him if need be.”

Likud parliament member Avi Dichter attends a Knesset discussion on November 19, 2015. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

Likud parliament member Avi Dichter attends a Knesset discussion on November 19, 2015. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

Earlier in the day, Likud MK Avi Dichter, a former head of the Shin Bet internal security service, downplayed the severity of the incident, describing it as part of the cost of doing spy business.

“I know of more than a few incident over the years, from different countries, in which they made use of intelligence in far more scandalous ways than how the media has described this,” Dichter, who chairs the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, told Army Radio.

But Shavit, the former Mossad chief, scoffed at the notion that it was a one-off incident, chuckling when asked if it was the kind of thing that happened from time to time but was not necessarily indicative of a trend.

“It’s what? One hundred and twenty days since he got into the White House? Foul-up follows foul-up over there,” he said, referring to a number of embarrassing leaks and failures that have come out of the Trump administration.

‘Before he makes any decision, he posts on Twitter. Is that how you run a country? That’s not how you run a corner-store’

“[Trump] is trying to run the country like he ran his private company — and it doesn’t work. What can you do? It doesn’t work. That’s the source of the troubles,” Shavit said.

He also took Trump to task for his social media game.

“Before he makes any decision, he posts on Twitter. He tweets and then checks the responses in order to make his decision. Is that how you run a country?” Shavit asked. “That’s not how you run a corner store.”

Gavin Rabinowitz contributed to this report.

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6 Responses to "Israeli Spymaster Dumps on Trump from Very Shaky Ground"

  1. zeestan  May 19, 2017 at 6:28 am

    What more does ISISAEL want, We pay for their defense, their welfare their free schooling, we lose life and treasure to a country that believe’s in Netanyahu’s speech at finks bar 1990, Or from their Talmud abodah zara 26b. not to mention the spying, Liberty, Lavon affair etc.

  2. sarhan  May 18, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Without USA ( presently Trump ) the Zinoist enitity in Palestine would not lost a day. Mossad is CIA and CIA is Mossad. The Evil Entity is blowing itself up like the Proverbial Frog. If Trump was to issue an order to defuse the Zionist entity will be gone by tomorrow. It is thus that Congress is getting together to Impeach the President. And they are not waisting their time. It seems thatthey been duped by the Trump that he was, like the rest, a Zionist agent.

  3. captainsdaughter  May 17, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Bravo Khalid Talaat, well said and every word the truth!

  4. Khalid Talaat  May 17, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    — “Israel should punish Trump over the affair”, OK, and the US should punish Israhell for The USS Liberty affair.
    — “Israel should penalize the US over Trump’s leak” OK, and the US should penalize (we can call it that) Israhell over using our own nukes against us on 911.
    — “We need to punish the Americans,” OK, and we Americans should punish Israhell and stop sending that little blood sucking tick of a country $5 billion a year.
    –“We have to reevaluate if we should pass along information and what information we should pass along to the Americans.” OK, and We Americans should evaluate whether we want to passing treasure and reputation realizing your existance as a fiefdom.
    Everything this fiefdom has is from the genorosity of the Americans and what they did not get they stole from us. “Punish”? Yours is coming soon you blood sucking tick of a nation. Why the analogy? Because you don’t only suck others’ blood but you also infect them with your sickness.
    Sober up you little fiefdom and don’t bite the hand that feeds you because that same hand would love an excuse to knock you on your sorry zionist ass.

    • Eduardo  May 18, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      The hand is moved by whom who controls it. America has lost its control Khalid. The nerves are severed, the fingers are numb and the nails are brittle while the flesh is rotting of the bones. This hand will only strike at its own living organism with self consuming destruction.
      No reason nor time for American nostalgic dreams of justice.

    • Khalid Talaat  May 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Eduardo… I am positively sure that nature will abort what is unnatural. What goes against the moral order will be ended. That is why empires never last for ever. Anything that goes against Logos or the supreme intelligence will be ended. I am not engaging in wishful thinking, I am only confident that when the Judge of all judges finally grips Israel by the scruff of the neck, He will not let her go until it has been hollowed out, just like their golden calf. Don’t you understand, these are not the chosen people any longer, they are His enemies.

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