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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says that it made a mistake when placing Israel on a terror watch list.

John Morton, who serves as the director of the department’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division, says the selection was made based on “inaccurate information.”

“The addition of Israel in the OIG’s list of ICE‘s ’Third-Agency Checks’ (TAC) was based on inaccurate information provided to the OIG during the course of its audit,” Morton said in a statement sent by e-mail to JTA.

“The U.S. does not and never has considered Israel to have links to terrorism, but rather they are a partner in our efforts to combat global terrorism. The United States maintains close intelligence-sharing relationships with Israel in order to address security issues within its own borders and in our mutual pursuit of safety and security around the globe.”

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