1. Establishing shot of former Israeli ambassador to the US and Deputy Minister Michael Oren
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Oren, Israel's Deputy Minister for Public Diplomacy and former Israeli ambassador to the US:
"I'm not going to comment on the latest intelligence issues, all I can say is the Israel and the United States have the closest possible intelligence relationship, I'm speaking like someone who was ambassador in Washington for nearly five years, certainly in the Middle East there is no closer intelligence relationship and that relationship will continue to be close and will grow stronger still in the future."
3. Cutaway of Oren in front of his computer
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Oren, Israel's Deputy Minister for Public Diplomacy and former Israeli ambassador to the US:
"No Russia talks (with Trump), no. Our relationship with Russia is, we have a good relationship with Russia, we kept open channels with Russia, and yet recognizing the reality, Russians are backing Assad in the Syrian civil war which is not our favourite and Russia is implicitly allied with Iran in that struggle and that creates challenges for us but we meet those challenges through direct contacts both on the diplomatic level, the government level and on the military level."
Question: Even when information is shared with them?
Michael Oren: "Again, I'm not going to comment on that issue but I'll only reiterate that our intelligence relationship has always been exceedingly close and will remain close, will continue to be close again."
An Israeli official said Wednesday that the U.S. and Israel have the "closest possible intelligence relationship", following President Donald Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials, which had been supplied by Israel.
Israel's Deputy Minister for Public Diplomacy Michael Oren said that relationship between Washington and Jerusalem "will continue to be close and will grow stronger still in the future."
He made the statements days before Trump is due to arrive for a state visit in Israel.
Israel has yet to acknowledge claims from U.S. officials that it was the source of the highly classified information about an Islamic State plot that Trump divulged to Russian diplomats.
Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russia. Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm.
Trump appears to have shared the information without Israel's consent, which would mark a severe violation of the confidentiality of their intelligence-sharing agreement.
Even more remarkable is that Trump chose to confide in representatives of an adversary, who could relay the information to its allies Iran and Syria, bitter enemies of Israel, and potentially find the source.
Trump is due to arrive in Israel next week as part of his first overseas trip as president.
Israel has looked to Trump as a close ally but there has been growing apprehension over his unpredictability.