FBI director secretly visits Israel and Washington is investigating Israel’s use of white phosphorus

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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported on Wednesday that its director, Christopher Wray, made an unannounced visit to Israel to meet with officials in the Israeli intelligence services amid the war against Hamas.

Ray also met with agents from his agency stationed in Tel Aviv, according to a statement issued by the US agency, where he stressed the importance of their work related to the Palestinian Hamas movement and Hezbollah.

He reiterated the FBI’s support for Israel in the wake of the October 7 attacks carried out by Hamas.

The statement quoted Wray as saying, “The FBI’s partnership with our Israeli counterparts is long-standing, close, and strong, and I am confident that the closeness between our agencies has contributed to our ability to move very quickly in response to these attacks”.

The United States, despite its support for Israel’s right to defend itself, expressed concern about civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip, and criticized the violence practiced by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in the West Bank.

The FBI statement indicated that Wray’s focus was on his agency’s efforts against foreign organizations that praise attacks on Israel and threaten to attack the United States, both abroad and at home.

He stressed that the FBI has been and will continue to respond to requests from Israel for support.

In addition, the Wall Street Journal said that the US State Department is investigating allegations that the Israeli Air Force used white phosphorus in its raids on the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.

The Wall Street Journal, which entrusted its news to US officials, explained that the investigation aims to determine whether the weapons provided by the United States to Israel were used incorrectly to kill civilians.

The Wall Street Journal added that the authorities are investigating the air attack on Jabalia refugee camp (northern Gaza Strip) on October 31, which led to the death of more than 125 people.

The Wall Street Journal pointed out that investigators suspect that Israel may have used a bomb weighing about 907 kilograms in that raid.

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