After Trump Leak, Israeli Defense Minister Says Security Ties With U.S. to Remain Strong

Israel's military ties to 'U.S. are deep, significant and unprecedented. That is how it was and that is how it will remain,' Lieberman says

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FILE PHOTO: Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman at a political event in 2016.
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Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman commented after reports that U.S. President Donald Trump leaked Israeli intelligence about the Islamic State to Russia, saying Israel and America's security cooperation will remain unchanged.

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"The security relationship between Israel & our greatest ally the United States, is deep, significant & unprecedented in volume. This relationship w/ the U.S. is unprecedented in its contribution to our strength. This is how it has been & how it will continue to be," Lieberman wrote on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz expressed similar sentiments, saying, "We have total faith in the American intelligence community and the intelligence cooperation between our nations against the threats of Iran and its agents and ISIS and its affiliates will continue and increase."

Multiple reports claimed that the intelligence Trump let slip was from Israel and ABC reported on Tuesday that the incident had endangered the life of an Israeli agent that had infiltrated ISIS' ranks.

According to the report, "the sensitive intelligence was shared with the United States, officials say, on the condition that the source remain confidential."

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Israel has not confirmed, as of Tuesday night, that the information shared by Trump with the Russians indeed came from its intelligence services. The White House also refused to say explicitly that Israel was the source of the information, although Press Secretary Sean Spicer referred reporters to a statement by Israeli ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, who praised Israel's intelligence cooperation with the United States and said it would continue.

Trump's National Security Adviser, General H.R. McMaster, said on Tuesday that the president was not aware where the information came from when he shared it with the Russians.

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