Israel was this week accused of plating spy devices in Washington, D.C., in an apparent attempt to monitor President Donald Trump. Israel denied doing so.
Former intelligence officials were surprised, which they regard as reckless even for Israel, known for its maverick tendencies.
“The Israelis are capable of things no other ally would attempt,” said a former CIA official.
Accusations that Israel planted spying device around Washington, D.C., to spy on President Donald Trump were met with surprise among former intelligence workers, even those used to the cynical world of espionage.
According to the ex-officials, such a targeted operation is a significant violation of norms, even for a state like Israel which has a reputation for pushing the boundaries.
For Israel, they said, extremely aggressive tactics even towards allied nations appears to be the norm in many cases.