Report: Washington Concerned Over Intelligence Shared With Israel, Fearing Civilian Casualties

By Yoni Weiss

Palestinians take control of an Israeli tank after crossing the border fence with Israel from Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, Oct. 7, 2023. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday morning that a confidential memorandum, which expanded intelligence sharing with Israel following the Hamas attack on southern Israel on Oct. 7, has sparked growing concerns in Washington. According to sources familiar with the matter, there is mounting apprehension about whether the shared intelligence is contributing to civilian casualties.

One of the primary concerns is the lack of independent oversight to verify that intelligence provided by the United States is not being used in strikes that result in unnecessary civilian deaths or infrastructure damage, as stated by the sources.

Democratic Representative Jason Crow, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, emphasized the importance of ensuring that intelligence sharing aligns with American values and national security interests. He highlighted “some pretty big inconsistencies” between the accounts of civilian casualties provided by the two sides.

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