Newsweek Reporter Stands by Israeli Spying Allegation: Facts Are Facts

Jeff Stein says he is not out to besmirch Israel.

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Amos YadlinCredit: Tomer Appelbaum

The Newsweek reporter who recently wrote a controversial article asserting that Israel is still spying on the United States insisted he was after the truth and not trying to besmirch Israel's reputation, in an interview with Army Radio on Sunday.

In Newsweek's latest report, the magazine revealed more details of alleged Israeli espionage in the U.S., just days after it quoted senior U.S. intelligence officials as saying that Israeli espionage operations in the United States have "gone too far."

"I want to say that I, like many Americans, respect and admire Israel and consider it an American ally," he said, as quoted by Israel National News. "But facts are facts, and the fact is that there is a problem with Israeli visa applications to the U.S. - and as long as Israeli spying continues to be this aggressive, Israel will not be on the list of countries whose citizens may enter the U.S. without a visa."

Stein acknowledged that no U.S. official or Congressman has accused Israel of spying on Israel, but according to Israel National News, said that doing so would be tantamount to "political suicide."

Speaking to Channel 10 on Saturday, Strategic and Intelligence Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said that he suspects "someone" is trying to cast aspersions on and compromise the cooperation between Israel and the United States.

Along with Steinitz, former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin also confronted the allegations, calling them "absolutely baseless" and "strange."

"Let me be clear," said Yadlin in a Saturday interview on Channel 2, "Israel is unequivocally not spying in the U.S."