The Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon knew all the details of a secret
meeting at home of Mona Juul, the Norwegian ambassador in Israel.
Foto: Ole Walberg
During a debate in the Israeli national assembly Knesset, Ariel Sharon
himself revealed a possible bugging of Juul’s house in the north of Tel
According to the Norwegian paper VG, Sharon made accusations against the
opposition leader Shimon Peres because he allegedly had secret meetings with
the Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie.
Present at the meeting with Quire were allegedly Saeb Erekat, negotiating
minister, Terje Rød Larsen, UN’s special delegate, Shimon Peres and two of
Described in detail
In order to prove that the meeting indeed
took place, Sharon described in detail what happened during the meeting at
the Norwegian ambassador’s house. The opposition politicians in Knesset
became infuriated and accused Sharon of having used the intelligence service
to bug his political opponents in Israel.
«How do you know all this? Was the meeting bugged?» screamed Yossi Sarid
from the left wing party Meretz.
Sharon explained that he had gotten the
information from one of the people present on the meeting, but he did not
manage to convince the opposition.
«It is unbelievable that the prime minister of a democratic nation would use
intelligence information to aid him politically and to create an impression
that all meetings with the Palestinian authorities are illegal,” stated
Peres according to the Jerusalem Post.
On the other side, Sharon was infuriated by the fact that the Palestinian
Prime Minister Ahmed Quire did not have time to meet him, but did find the
time to meet with politicians on Israel’s left wing.
Karsten Klepsvik, press officer at the Norwegian
Foreign Affairs Department, did not want to immediately conclude that the
Norwegian ambassador’s house was being bugged.
«It is possible to see who goes in and out of the building», Klepsvik said
to the paper. «There is a high security level in Israel, so this does not
have to mean anything.»
Former Norwegian ambassadors in Tel Aviv have said that they take it for
granted that the building in Herzliya is under surveillance.
«I must be allowed to say what I want in my own house», said one Norwegian
ambassador some years back as he was studying the sealing for microphones,
according to the Norwegian news bureau.