NSA Spying on Israel Ensnared Congress

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington November 9, 2015. The two leaders meet here today for the first time since the Israeli leader lost his battle against the Iran nuclear deal, with Washington seeking his re-commitment to a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, while the U.S. pursued a nuclear deal with Iran, the National Security Agency snooped on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his officials, ensnaring communications from members of U.S. lawmakers in the process. The eavesdropping efforts revealed to the Obama administration that Netanyahu and his advisers deliberately attempted to undermine the nuclear deal discussions by coordinating with Jewish-American groups and undecided members of Congress. Senior White House officials reportedly worried that the Executive Branch would be accused of spying on its legislative colleagues.