The information that President Donald Trump leaked to senior Russian officials at a meeting of the Oval Office in May related to a highly sensitive mission of the Israeli special forces, has been revealed. The operation, which took place in February 2017, involved commandos infiltrating an area under the control of the militant group of the Islamic State (ISIS), to place a surveillance device. The intelligence obtained through the device caused a short-term ban on laptops on flights from several Muslim-majority countries to the US. UU And the United Kingdom.
The purpose of the operation, according to a Vanity Fair report published on Wednesday, was an ISIS cell trying to recreate a weapon developed by a major al-Qaida bomb maker. The weapon consisted of an explosive device that could hide inside a laptop and smuggle airport security controls, raising the specter of low-fortune attacks against civilian airlines.
Trump's revelation at the May 10 meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and then-Russian Ambbadador to Washington Sergei Kislyak was widely publicized at the time, but details of the operation They have not been previously disclosed. In particular, it is alleged that Trump revealed the name of the city where the operation was carried out, which generated fears that the source that alerted Israelis to the intentions of ISIS may be compromised.
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The president's carelessness with sensitive information threatened to strike a blow to the historically close relationship between the US and Israeli intelligence agencies. Although Israel enjoys a relatively strong relationship with Russia, Moscow is also a key ally of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a historic enemy of Israel, and of Iran, widely seen as Israel's main regional rival.
"If this report is true, giving those details about the operations is something that is out of the question," says Major (res.) Aviv Oreg, former head of the Al-Qaeda desk and global jihad for the Armed Forces. Israel. Intelligence, said Newsweek by telephone. "I am sure that Israel will have doubts about giving information."
"This is like something that had never been seen before," he said. "You gave a third party all the details of how the secret service operates in Israel, how they are operating in the countryside in Syria, which is totally unacceptable."
 A television reproduces a report on the recent meeting of US President Donald Trump with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and the ambbadador to the US UU., Sergei Kislyak, when night falls in the offices and the entrance of the White House in Washington, USA. UU May 15, 2017. Reuters / Jonathan Ernst
Despite the discomfort of the leak, most of the old and current Israeli officials who were approached by Newsweek they abstained from openly criticizing a US president considered one of Israel's most enthusiastic supporters to occupy the White House in many years.
"Do you badume that everything that was published was the truth, I'm not so sure, the relationship is still very strong," said a former member of her attaché at the Israeli Embbady in Washington, who also served as director of the Israel Counter-Terrorism Office.
Maj. General (retired) Yaakov Amidror, former head of the National Security Council of Israel and national security adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has a similar opinion.
"Those who are outraged, do not know the history, should know that from time to time things are filtered from the American side, things are filtered from the Israeli side," he says by telephone.
"We have to learn the lessons," he said. "We're going through, it will not stop our cooperation with the Americans."
Israeli and American agencies have long worked in favor of others. They usually share raw intelligence, such as wiretap recordings, and have carried out high-profile joint operations, including the 2008 badbadination of Imad Mughniyah, the intelligence chief of Hezbollah, a Lebanese Islamist group backed by Iran.
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In the grand scheme of things, Trump's bluster may be a plague in the ation, but not one that can make everything collapse. The president himself is seen in Israel as a friend who will support the country against both the Palestinians and hostile regional actors, such as Hezbollah and Iran; the latter is a particularly frequent target of the most combative comments of the US president. Trump also appointed frankly pro-Israel figures to oversee US policy for the region, including his son-in-law and principal advisor Jared Kushner, special adviser Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman, the new ambbadador to Israel.
More recently, the Trump administration closed the Palestinian Authority's representation office in Washington DC in an attempt to prevent the Palestinian Authority from bringing Israeli officials to the International Criminal Court (ICC) conflict in 2014. It also subtracted importance to the construction of the first new Israeli settlements in the West Bank in two decades, and the approval of an Israeli law that legalizes outposts built illegally on private Palestinian land.
In this context, even leaks of intelligence, if kept to a minimum, could be palatable. for Israeli officials. There is a word that Amidror uses to summarize Trump's revelation of the top-secret mission and one that captures at least the Israeli official mood: "proportion," he says.
"It's not as bad as it was described."