Israel's Defense Minister Yaalon speaks during a swearing-in ceremony, at the Knesset, Israeli Parliament, in Jerusalem March 18, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Israeli officials Tuesday denied a report that the country spied on the United States' handling of sensitive negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, moving to contain a new crisis that threatened to deepen a widening rift between the two allies.The report in the Wall Street Journal has come at a difficult time for U.S.-Israel relations. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been feuding with the White House over an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, and he has come under fire for comments he made in the final days of Israel's parliamentary election campaign last week. It said the White House was especially upset that Israel had shared the information with U.S. lawmakers and others to undercut support for the negotiations.Israel has said it doesn't spy on the U.S. since Jonathan Pollard, a civilian analyst for the U.S. Navy, was convicted of spying for Israel in the 1980s.
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