Israel’s Decades of Economic Espionage in the United States | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

Israel’s Decades of Economic Espionage in the United States

Israel, which receives billions of dollars from the United States, has conducted espionage in the U.S. – especially economic espionage – since its creation in 1948.

The illegal behavior includes fraudulent diversion of U.S. foreign aid, illicit retransfer of sensitive U.S. technologies to third parties, and violation of end-use restrictions on U.S. military items transferred to Israel.

According to the U.S. intelligence community, Israel’s motivations appear to be threefold: to strengthen its industrial base, to sell/trade the information to/with other countries (especially China) for profit, and to sell/trade the information to/with other countries to develop favorable political ties and alternative sources of arms and intelligence.

To these, a fourth factor might be added: the certain knowledge that, in the words of a senior former U.S. intelligence official, “Israel can steal right and left, but we will still pump money in.”

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