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() Netanyahu denies putting cellphone listening devices around the White House to capture Donald 's calls following report the U.S. government found them but DIDN'T punish Israel Netanyahu's office called a report of Israeli spying a 'blatant lie'  He was en route to Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin when he reviewed the report Politico reported that the Israeli was most likely behind the operation placing devices in DC that mimicked cell phone towers  Former officials said they were likely to spy on   The publication reported the administration did not rebuke Israel for the operation 

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com

Published: 14:49 BST, 12 September 2019 | Updated: 15:08 BST, 12 September 2019

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has forcefully denied a report that his government most likely carried out a spy operation that placed listening devices around the White House in an effort to spy on his ally President Donald .

The report is a 'blatant lie,' Netanyahu's office said. The prime minister is up for reelection this month, and learned of the report en route to Russia where he was to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

'There is a longstanding commitment, and a directive from the Israeli government not to engage in any intelligence operations in the U.S.,' Israel said in a statement. 'This directive is strictly enforced without exception.' 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied Israeli spies carried out an operation to spy on President Donald Trump, calling the charge a 'blatant lie'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied Israeli spies carried out an operation to spy on President Donald , calling the charge a 'blatant lie'

The statement followed a report by Politico that Israeli was most likely behind the operation placing devices found near the White House and around Washington, D.C. that mimicked cell phone towers. 

Former U.S. officials said they were likely to spy on .

The devices, known as StingRays,

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