September 22, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
A French periodical has revealed the location of a secret Israeli espionage center, which ranks among the world’s largest and most significant.
The base, which intercepts information for the Israeli Spy Agency (Mossad) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), is placed near Kibbutz Urim not far from Beersheba, the largest city in the Negev desert, which is in the south of Israel, Israeli website Ynetnews said on Sunday, detailing the report by the monthly newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique.
The French publication said the Israel Army’s intelligence Unit 8200, which is accommodated in the base, cracks into email boxes and taps the phone conversations of “governments, international organizations, foreign companies, political groups and individuals” in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe.
Israeli daily Ha’aretz said the unit had intercepted a call between Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser and King Hussein of Jordan during the first day of the 1967 Six-Day War. Israel captured vast expanses of Arab lands including the Palestinian territories during the war.
The expository account was the work of Nick Hager, New Zealand investigative reporter and writer on issues involving intelligence networks, environmental matters and politics, Ha’aretz wrote.