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
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 Trump.
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'
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 Trump.
The devices, known as StingRays,