New report claims Israel successfully probed Iran’s air defense in 2012

Wall Street Journal reports that Israel violated Iranian airspace, U.S. monitored Israeli military bases and listened to secret communications

Israeli F-16 fighter jet

Israeli F-16 fighter jet

The Wall Street Journal reported that Israel violated Iranian airspace in 2012 and that the United States was monitoring Israeli military bases and listening to “secret communications”. The report, Spy vs. Spy: Inside the Fraying U.S.-Israel Ties, claims dozens of Israeli and U.S. officials accounts supporting the claims made.

According to the report, the U.S. “closely monitored Israel’s military bases and eavesdropped on secret communications in 2012, fearing its longtime ally might try to carry out a strike on Fordow, Iran’s most heavily fortified nuclear facility.”

The report claims that “both sides” had something to hide, the U.S. holding secret negotiations with Iran, and Israel having flown in and out of Iran in what the United States believed would be an attack on Fordow, the United States sending a second aircraft in the event that “all hell broke loose”.

Israel knew of the secret negotiations between the United States and Iran, reportedly from tracking American planes carrying U.S. officials to meetings.

The report claims efforts by both Israel and the United States following 2012 to cooperate on covert operations.