Analysis: Why has Netanyahu been silent over NSA spying on Israel?


In the aftermath of revelations of the US National Security Agency (NSA) spying on Israeli prime ministers, why aren’t Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his predecessors Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak calling for heads to roll and a complete overhaul in US-Israel relations?

That was how German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and many other heads of state reacted when they learned that the NSA had spied on them.

True, there has not been complete quiet on the Israeli side. Various cabinet ministers and Knesset members have expressed disdain and anger over the issue.

But the silence from Netanyahu, the Foreign Ministry and the Defense Ministry has been deafening.

In fact, the only statement that the prime minister has made was to give vague reassurances about regular Israeli efforts to release Jonathan Pollard from US custody, reacting to the..

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