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Bennett Sets Up Shin Bet-Mossad Team to Investigate NSO Police Spying Allegations

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks during a press conference at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, January 2, 2022. Emil Salman/Pool via REUTERS – Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has established an inquiry team that includes representatives from the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Mossad intelligence agencies to investigate allegations that Israel Police has used NSO’s Pegasus spyware illegally on multiple occasions, the Prime Minister’s Office announced on Tuesday.

The decision comes days after Calcalist first reported on the allegations, sparking initial police denials, followed by calls from cabinet ministers for an official government inquiry.

Bennett met with Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar, Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev and newly instated Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara to discuss the episode, according to a report on Tuesday by Ynet.

In its statement, the Prime Minister’s Office said that prior to the decision to set up an investigation mechanism, Bennett has decided to conduct a check on 26 names listed in coverage by Calcalist of the alleged police spying, adding that a decision on continued steps would follow an examination of the results.

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On Monday, Calcalist provided an updated report, saying that police used Pegasus to spy on an array of individuals, such as ministry directors and protest leaders.

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