A report in the Washington Post claims that, last year, the Turkish government passed to the government in Tehran a list of ten Mossad agents active in Iran. The report was quoted in Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.
According to the Post, the Israeli Mossad spy agency directed part of its network from Turkish territory, taking advantage of the relative freedom of movement along the Iran-Turkey border. Informed sources described the Turkish move as having rendered “necessary information that threatens the security of Israel”.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “rage” at the Turkish government’s move was, it is claimed, why he initially refused to apologise to Turkey for the military assault on the Freedom Flotilla in 2010, when 9 Turkish activists were killed by Israeli commandos. Israel only apologised formally to Turkey in March during US President Barak Obama’s visit to Tel Aviv.
Apparently, the US administration did not protest to Turkey even though it had damaged the intelligence network and the information coming from Iran. Relations between US intelligence agencies and their Turkish counterparts remained the same, said the media reports.