British intelligence has spied on Israeli diplomats and military officials in 2008and 2009, the leaked documents released by Edward Snowden showed.
The French newspaper Le Monde and Israel's Haaretz reported on Wednesday that one of the leaked files from 2009 revealed that “Britain’s GCHQ intelligence-gathering apparatus defined Israel as ‘a true threat’ to the Middle East”.
“The Israelis constitute a true threat to regional security, notably because of the country’s position on the Iran issue," the file revealed.
Le Monde and Haaretz also said that the UK intelligence gathered information on the second-highest ranking officials in the Israeli foreign ministry.
The two outlets did not mention the names of the targeted Israeli officials.
They also said that Britain gathered information on the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Back in December 2008, the GCHQ tapped the phone of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, weeks before Israel’s aggression.
The spy agency also gathered data on emails between Israel’s ambassadors to Kenya and Nigeria and also the private Israel defence company Ophir Optronics.
The leaked documents were released by American whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Snowden is wanted in the United States to face trial on charges brought under the Espionage Act after he released thousands of classified documents in 2013 which uncovered the vast U.S. surveillance of private data that has been in place following the 11 September attacks.