FBI chief makes unannounced trip to Israel, meets counterparts and Tel Aviv-based agents

FBI Director Christopher Wray, testifies during a Congressional committee hearing in Washington, January 31, 2024. (Julia Nikhinson/AFP)
FBI Director Christopher Wray, testifies during a Congressional committee hearing in Washington, January 31, 2024. (Julia Nikhinson/AFP)

WASHINGTON — The director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation made an unannounced trip to Israel to meet with the country’s law and intelligence agencies as it fights a bloody war in Gaza, the FBI says.

Christopher Wray also met with FBI agents based in Tel Aviv, according to a statement from the bureau, stressing the importance of their work on Palestinian terror group Hamas and Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon.

He reiterates the FBI’s support of Israel in the wake of the October 7 attacks by Hamas.

“The FBI’s partnership with our Israeli counterparts is longstanding, close, and robust, and I’m confident the closeness of our agencies contributed to our ability to move so quickly in response to these attacks, and to ensure our support is as seamless as possible,” Wray is quoted as saying in the statement.

Wray’s “key focus” is the FBI’s efforts against foreign organizations praising the attacks on Israel and threatening to attack the United States, both abroad and at home, the bureau statement says.

It says the FBI “has and will continue to be responsive to requests” from Israel for support.

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