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Report: Israel spied on John Kerry during peace talks
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Win McNamee / Getty Images

Israeli intelligence agents listened in on Secretary of State John Kerry's private phone calls during high-level peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine over the past year, according to Germany's Der Spiegel.

Kerry occasionally spoke on unsecured lines while trying to mediate the conflict, according to the magazine, which allowed Israel to capture his communications. Israel then used the "intercepted" intel when it came to the negotiating table, the magazine reported. Begun last year, the peace talks collapsed in April, with Israel and the Palestinian Authority both accusing the other of trying to sabotage the process.

The Jerusalem Post said Sunday it confirmed the eavesdropping with "several sources in the intelligence community." A Newsweek story in May suggested Israel was secretly spying on the U.S., though the Israeli government strenuously denied that report.

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