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    in case you missed it - Ezra: New spy case won t harm U.S.-Israel ties By Yossi Melman, Shahar Ilan and Barak Ravid Haaretz, Israel Israel, nuclear secrets,
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      Ezra: New spy case won't harm U.S.-Israel ties
      By Yossi Melman, Shahar Ilan and Barak Ravid
      Haaretz, Israel

      Israel, nuclear secrets, U.S. Environment Minister and former
      senior security official Gideon Ezra said Wednesday that he does not
      believe Israel's relations with the U.S. will suffer in light of
      revelations that an American Army engineer spied for Israel in the

      "Our strategic relationship with the United States is stronger than
      this," Ezra, a former deputy head of the Shin Bet security services,
      told Israel Radio.

      Ben-Ami Kadish was arrested Tuesday on charges that he spied for
      Israel over 20 years ago. Advertisement But the former head of the
      Mossad espionage agency, Labor MK Danny Yatom, said Wednesday that
      the arrest had touched a nerve with Washington.

      "I think what primarily bothers the Americans is the feeling that
      Israel didn't tell them the whole truth two decades ago, in 1985,
      when the Pollard affair exploded," Yatom told Army Radio.

      The 84-year-old Kadish was to be charged with slipping classified
      documents about nuclear weapons, fighter jets and air defense
      missiles to an Israeli Consulate employee who also received
      information from convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, authorities said.

      Kadish acknowledged his spying in FBI interviews, and said he acted
      out of a belief that he was helping Israel, court papers said Yatom
      added: "The Americans asked if there are additional people that
      Israel ran or are running in the United States. The answer, to the
      best of my knowledge, was always no," Yatom said.

      "If what has been reported is true, and it appears it is true, and
      Ben-Ami Kadish kept in touch with what the Americans described as
      his old handler in Israel, I can call it unnecessary stupidity," the
      Labor MK said.

      A U.S. citizen, Kadish was scheduled to appear in U.S. District
      Court in Manhattan on Tuesday, where he was facing four counts of
      conspiracy, including allegations that he conspired to disclose U.S.
      national defense documents to Israel, and that he acted as an agent
      of the Israeli government.

      According to the criminal complaint, the activities occurred from
      1979 through 1985 while the Connecticut-born Kadish worked at the
      U.S. Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center in
      Dover, New Jersey.

      Yuval Steinitz, another official with inside knowledge of Israel's
      intelligence services, did not deny a second spy had operated in the
      U.S. in parallel with Pollard - but insisted such espionage ceased
      long ago.

      "The Americans know... that since Pollard was exposed in 1985,
      Israel doesn't recruit agents or receive classified material [in]
      the United States," said Steinitz, a former chairman of the Knesset
      Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

      Pensioner Affairs Minister Rafi Eitan, a former Mossad official who
      recruited Pollard to spy for Israel, said he was not aware of the
      Kadish case.

      "I have no idea," he said. "This is the first time I've heard about
      it. I'll go listen to the news."

      When asked whether he recognized Kadish's name, Eitan repeated, "I
      have no idea."

      Foreign Ministry spokesman Arye Mekel said: "We know nothing about
      it. We heard it from the media."

      The Prime Minister's Bureau said Tuesday that Israel was not
      familiar with the details of the case, and was examining the issue.
      Israeli officials fear that the case might strain Israel-U.S.

      Kadish was accused of taking home classified documents several times
      and letting the Israeli government worker photograph them in
      Kadish's basement. The documents included information about nuclear
      weapons, a modified F-15 fighter jet, and the U.S. Patriot missile
      air defense system, the complaint said.

      According to the complaint, the Israeli government worker often
      provided Kadish with lists of wanted classified national defense

      Prosecutors also allege Kadish conspired to hinder a communication
      with a law enforcement officer, and making a materially false
      statement to a law enforcement officer.

      Those charges stem from a conversation in which Kadish was allegedly
      told by the Israeli contact to lie to U.S. law enforcement agents
      and tell them that he didn't remember many of the relevant details.
      A day later, Kadish lied to FBI agents about his communications with
      the Israeli worker, the complaint said.

      According to U.S. law enforcement officials and various documents,
      Kadish got in touch with his Israeli contact after Israel agreed in
      2004 to secretly acknowledge to American officials that Pollard was
      not an isolated case, thereby confirming longtime American
      suspicions that Pollard was not the only American spy working for

      Kadish admitted spying for Israel between 1979 and 1985, and then
      asked his Israeli contact what to do.

      The complaint said Kadish did not appear to receive any money in
      exchange for his suspected spying, just small gifts and restaurant
      meals. The complaint noted that Pollard was charged in November
      1985 with espionage-related offense after he provided classified
      information to the same Israeli worker, among other people.


      Once again, Israel has been caught with spies at the highest levels
      of the US Government.


      Story No. 1: Israeli Spying: The Mother of all Scandals
      What Really Happened

      At the heart of the investigation are two people who work at The
      American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a powerful pro-
      Israel lobby in Washington. The FBI investigation, headed up by Dave
      Szady, has involved wiretaps, undercover surveillance and
      photography that CBS News was told document the passing of
      classified information from the mole, to the men at AIPAC, and on to
      the Israelis.

      CBS sources say that last year the suspected spy, described as a
      trusted analyst at the Pentagon, turned over a presidential
      directive on U.S. policy toward Iran while it was, "in the draft
      phase when U.S. policy-makers were still debating the policy." This
      put the Israelis, according to one source, "inside the decision-
      making loop" so they could "try to influence the outcome." [CBS

      Once again Israel denies wrongdoing, or faced with incontrovertible
      evidence (in this case one of the spies has reportedly cooperated
      with the FBI) dismisses the spying with the claim that such spying
      is harmless, because Israel and the United States are such good

      Well, let us take a closer look at that idea of "harmless espionage"
      by recalling Israel's most famous failed spy, Jonathan

      Jonathan Pollard is an American of Jewish descent, born in Galveston
      Texas, who established a career as an intelligence analyst for the
      US Navy. There have been many theories offered as to why Pollard
      decided to betray his country of birth to the Jewish state, but that
      Pollard did betray his country of birth to Israel is beyond all
      doubt. Pollard's defense was that he did not spy so much against the
      United States, only that he spied for Israel, sending them documents
      that in his opinion the US should have shared with Israel

      That it was never Pollards job to decide what documents Israel
      should have was apparently irrelevant. Pollard arrogated that
      authority to himself. From his position of trust within the US Navy,
      Pollard delivered over 1000 classified documents to Israel for which
      he was well paid. Included in those documents were the names of over
      150 US agents in the Mideast, who were eventually "turned" into
      agents for Israel.

      But by far the most egregious damage done by Pollard was to steal
      classified documents relating to the US Nuclear Deterrent relative
      to the USSR and send them to Israel. According to sources in the US
      State Department, Israel then turned around and traded those stolen
      nuclear secrets to the USSR in exchange for increased emigration
      quotas from the USSR to Israel. Other information that found its way
      from the US to Israel to the USSR resulted in the loss of American
      agents operating inside the USSR. Casper Weinberger, in his
      affidavit opposing a reduced sentence for Pollard, described the
      damage done to the United States thus, "[It is] difficult to
      conceive of a greater harm to national security than that caused
      by... Pollard's treasonous behavior."

      This should end the suggestion that Israel's spies are harmless.
      They are not. The United States' nuclear deterrent cost an estimated
      five trillion taxpayer dollars during the 50s and 60s to build and
      maintain, and less than $100,000 for Pollard to undermine. Israel
      waited 13 years to admit Pollard had been spying for them, and now
      lobbies for his release, having granted him Israeli

      Pollard is hardly the only Israeli spy operating in the United
      States. He just had the misfortune to get caught. Here are just a
      few examples of the Israeli spy operations that have been

      1947. Information collected by the ADL in its spy operations on US
      citizens is used by the House Select Committee on Unamerican
      Activities. Subcommittee Chair Clare Hoffman dismisses the ADL's
      reports on suspected communists as "hearsay."

      1950 John Davitt, former chief of the Justice Department's internal
      security section notes that the Israeli intelligence service is the
      second most active in the United States after the Soviets.

      1954 A hidden microphone planted by the Israelis is discovered in
      the Office of the US Ambassador in Tel Aviv.

      1956 Telephone taps are found connected to two telephones in the
      residence of the US military attaché in Tel Aviv.

      1954 "The Lavon Affair". Israeli agents recruit Egyptian citizens of
      Jewish descent to bomb Western targets in Egypt, and plant evidence
      to frame Arabs, in an apparent attempt to upset US-Egyptian
      relations. Israeli defense minister Pinchas Lavon is eventually
      removed from office, though many think real responsibility lay with
      David Ben-Gurion.

      1965 Israel apparently illegally obtains enriched uranium from NUMEC
      Corporation. (Washington Post, 6/5/86, Charles R. Babcock, "US an
      Intelligence Target of the Israelis, Officials Say.")

      1967 Israel attacks the USS Liberty, an intelligence gathering
      vessel flying a US flag, killing 34 crew members. See "Assault on
      the Liberty," by James M. Ennes, Jr. (Random House). In 2004,
      Captain Ward Boston, Senior Legal Counsel for the Navy's Court of
      Inquiry into the attack swears under oath that President Lyndon
      Johnson ordered the investigation to conclude accident, even though
      the evidence indicates the attack was deliberate. Given the use by
      Israel of unmarked boats and planes, and the machine-gunning of USS
      Liberty's lifeboats, the most likely explanation is that USS Liberty
      was to be sunk with all hands, with evidence left to frame Egypt for
      the sinking. This would have dragged the US into the war on Israel's

      1970 While working for Senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson, Richard Perle
      is caught by the FBI giving classified information to Israel.
      Nothing is done.

      1978, Stephen Bryen, then a Senate Foreign Relations Committee
      staffer, is overheard in a DC hotel offering confidential documents
      to top Israeli military officials. Bryen obtains a lawyer, Nathan
      Lewin, and the case heads for the grand jury, but is mysteriously
      dropped. Bryen later goes to work for Richard Perle.

      1979 Shin Beth [the Israeli internal security agency] tries to
      penetrate the US Consulate General in Jerusalem through a "Honey
      Trap", using a clerical employee who was having an affair with a
      Jerusalem girl.

      1985 The New York Times reports the FBI is aware of at least a dozen
      incidents in which American officials transferred classified
      information to the Israelis, quoting [former Assistant Director of
      the F.B.I.] Mr. [Raymond] Wannal. The Justice Department does not

      1985 Richard Smyth, the owner of MILCO, is indicted on charges of
      smuggling nuclear timing devices to Israel (Washington Post,

      1987 April 24 Wall Street Journal headline: "Role of Israel in Iran-
      Contra Scandal Won't be Explored in Detail by Panels"

      1992 The Wall Street Journal reports that Israeli agents apparently
      tried to steal Recon Optical Inc's top-secret airborne spy-camera

      1992 Stephen Bryen, caught offering confidential documents to Israel
      in 1978, is serving on board of the pro-Israeli Jewish Institute for
      National Security Affairs while continuing as a paid consultant --
      with security clearance -- on exports of sensitive US

      1992 "The Samson Option," by Seymour M. Hersh reports, "Illicitly
      obtained intelligence was flying so voluminously from LAKAM into
      Israeli intelligence that a special code name, JUMBO, was added to
      the security markings already on the documents. There were strict
      orders, Ari Ben-Menashe recalled: "Anything marked JUMBO was not
      supposed to be discussed with your American counterparts."

      1993. The ADL is caught operating a massive spying operation on
      critics of Israel, Arab-Americans, the San Francisco Labor Council,
      ILWU Local 10, Oakland Educational Association, NAACP, Irish
      Northern Aid, International Indian Treaty Council, the Asian Law
      Caucus and the San Francisco police. Data collected was sent to
      Israel and in some cases to South Africa. Pressure from Jewish
      organizations forces the city to drop the criminal case, but the ADL
      settles a civil lawsuit for an undisclosed sum of cash.

      1995 The Defense Investigative Service circulates a memo warning US
      military contractors that "Israel aggressively collects [US]
      military and industrial technology." The report stated that Israel
      obtains information using "ethnic targeting, financial
      aggrandizement, and identification and exploitation of individual
      frailties" of US citizens.

      1996 A General Accounting Office report "Defense Industrial
      Security: Weaknesses in US Security Arrangements With Foreign-Owned
      Defense Contractors" found that according to intelligence
      sources "Country A" (identified by intelligence sources as Israel,
      Washington Times, 2/22/96) "conducts the most aggressive espionage
      operation against the United States of any US ally." The Jerusalem
      Post ( 8/30/96) quoted the report, "Classified military information
      and sensitive military technologies are high-priority targets for
      the intelligence agencies of this country." The report described "An
      espionage operation run by the intelligence organization responsible
      for collecting scientific and technologic information for [Israel]
      paid a US government employee to obtain US classified military
      intelligence documents." The Washington Report on Middle East
      Affairs (Shawn L. Twing, April 1996) noted that this was "a
      reference to the 1985 arrest of Jonathan Pollard, a civilian US
      naval intelligence analyst who provided Israel's LAKAM [Office of
      Special Tasks] espionage agency an estimated 800,000 pages of
      classified US intelligence information."

      The GAO report also noted that "Several citizens of [Israel] were
      caught in the United States stealing sensitive technology used in
      manufacturing artillery gun tubes."

      1996 An Office of Naval Intelligence document, "Worldwide Challenges
      to Naval Strike Warfare" reported that "US technology has been
      acquired [by China] through Israel in the form of the Lavi fighter
      and possibly SAM [surface-to-air] missile technology." Jane's
      Defense Weekly (2/28/96) noted that "until now, the intelligence
      community has not openly confirmed the transfer of US technology
      [via Israel] to China." The report noted that this "represents a
      dramatic step forward for Chinese military aviation." (Flight
      International, 3/13/96)

      1997 An Army mechanical engineer, David A.
      Tenenbaum, "inadvertently" gives classified military information on
      missile systems and armored vehicles to Israeli officials (New York
      Times, 2/20/97).

      1997 The Washington Post reports US intelligence has intercepted a
      conversation in which two Israeli officials had discussed the
      possibility of getting a confidential letter that then-Secretary of
      State Warren Christopher had written to Palestinian leader Yasir
      Arafat. One of the Israelis, identified only as "Dov", had commented
      that they may get the letter from "Mega", the code name for Israel's
      top agent inside the United States.

      1997 US ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, complains privately to
      the Israeli government about heavy-handed surveillance by Israeli
      intelligence agents.

      1997 Israeli agents place a tap on Monica Lewinsky's phone at the
      Watergate and record phone sex sessions between her and President
      Bill Clinton. The Ken Starr report confirms that Clinton warned
      Lewinsky their conversations were being taped and ended the affair.
      At the same time, the FBI's hunt for "Mega" is called off.

      2001 It is discovered that US drug agents' communications have been
      penetrated. Suspicion falls on two companies, AMDOCS and Comverse
      Infosys, both owned by Israelis. AMDOCS generates billing data for
      most US phone companies and is able to provide detailed logs of who
      is talking to whom. Comverse Infosys builds the tapping equipment
      used by law enforcement to eavesdrop on all American telephone
      calls, but suspicion forms that Comverse, which gets half of its
      research and development budget from the Israeli government, has
      built a back door into the system that is being exploited by Israeli
      intelligence and that the information gleaned on US drug
      interdiction efforts is finding its way to drug smugglers.

      The investigation by the FBI leads to the exposure of the largest
      foreign spy ring ever uncovered inside the United States, operated
      by Israel. Half of the suspected spies have been arrested when 9-11
      happens. On 9-11, 5 Israelis are arrested for dancing and cheering
      while the World Trade Towers collapse. Supposedly employed by Urban
      Moving Systems, the Israelis are caught with multiple passports and
      a lot of cash. Two of them are later revealed to be Mossad. As
      witness reports track the activity of the Israelis, it emerges that
      they were seen at Liberty Park at the time of the first impact,
      suggesting a foreknowledge of what was to come. The Israelis are
      interrogated, and then eventually sent back to Israel. The owner of
      the moving company used as a cover by the Mossad agents abandons his
      business and flees to Israel.

      The United States Government then classifies all of the evidence
      related to the Israeli agents and their connections to 9-11. All of
      this is reported to the public via a four part story on Fox News by
      Carl Cameron. Pressure from Jewish groups, primarily AIPAC, forces
      Fox News to remove the story from their website. Two hours prior to
      the 9-11 attacks, Odigo, an Israeli company with offices just a few
      blocks from the World Trade Towers, receives an advance warning via
      the internet. The manager of the New York Office provides the FBI
      with the IP address of the sender of the message, but the FBI does
      not follow up.

      2001 The FBI is investigating 5 Israeli moving companies as possible
      fronts for Israeli intelligence.

      2001 JDL's Irv Rubin arrested for planning to bomb a US Congressman.
      He dies before he can be brought to trial.

      2002 The DEA issues a report that Israeli spies, posing as art
      students, have been trying to penetrate US Government

      2002 police near the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in southern
      Washington State stop a suspicious truck and detain two Israelis,
      one of whom is illegally in the United States. The two men were
      driving at high speed in a Ryder rental truck, which they claimed
      had been used to "deliver furniture." The next day, police
      discovered traces of TNT and RDX military-grade plastic explosives
      inside the passenger cabin and on the steering wheel of the vehicle.
      The FBI then announces that the tests that showed explosives
      were "false positived" by cigarette smoke, a claim test experts say
      is ridiculous. Based on an alibi provided by a woman, the case is
      closed and the Israelis are handed over to INS to be sent back to
      Israel. One week later, the woman who provided the alibi

      2003 The Police Chief of Cloudcroft stops a truck speeding through a
      school zone. The drivers turn out to be Israelis with expired
      passports. Claiming to be movers, the truck contains junk furniture
      and several boxes. The Israelis are handed over to immigration. The
      contents of the boxers are not revealed to the public.

      2003 Israel deploys assassination squads into other countries,
      including the United States. The US Government does not

      2004 Police near the Nuclear Fuel Services plant in Tennessee stop a
      truck after a three mile chase, during which the driver throws a
      bottle containing a strange liquid from the cab. The drivers turn
      out to be Israelis using fake Ids. The FBI refuses to investigate
      and the Israelis are released.

      2004 Two Israelis try to enter Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, home
      to eight Trident submarines. The truck tests positive for

      This brings us to the present scandal. Two years into an
      investigation of AIPAC's possible role as a spy front for Israel,
      Larry Franklin, a mid-level Pentagon Analyst is observed by the FBI
      giving classified information to two officials of AIPAC suspected of
      being Israeli spies. AIPAC hires lawyer Nathan Lewin to handle their
      legal defense, the same lawyer who defended suspected Israeli spy
      Stephen Bryen in 1978.

      Larry Franklin worked in the Pentagon Office of Special Plans, run
      by Richard Perle, at the time Perle (who was caught giving
      classified information to Israel back in 1970) was insisting that
      Iraq was crawling with weapons of mass destruction requiring the
      United States to invade and conquer Iraq. There were no WMDs, of
      course, and Perle has dumped the blame for the "bad intelligence" on
      George Tenet. But what is known is that the Pentagon Office of
      Special Plans was coordinating with a similar group in Israel, in
      Ariel Sharon's office.

      With two suspected Israeli spies (at least) inside the office from
      which the lies that launched the war in Iraq originated, it appears
      that the people of the United States are the victims of a deadly
      hoax, a hoax that started a war.

      The leaking of the investigation of AIPAC to the media on August
      28th, 2004 gave advance warning to other spies working with
      Franklin. The damage to the FBI's investigation was completed when
      United States Attorney General John Ashcroft ordered the FBI to stop
      all arrests in the case. Like the Stephen Bryen case and the hunt
      for "Mega", this latest spy scandal seems destined by officials who
      have their own secret allegiances to protect, barring a massive
      public outcry.

      The organization at the heart of the latest spy investigation,
      AIPAC, wields tremendous influence over the US Congress. Through its
      members and affiliated PACs, AIPAC directs a huge flow of campaign
      cash in favor of, and occasionally against, Senators and
      Representatives solely on the basis of their willingness to support
      Israel. As an example, in 2002, U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham
      received so much help from pro-Israeli pacs that 76% of his campaign
      budget came from OUTSIDE the state of Alabama, mostly from New

      Let me repeat that. A Congressman AIPAC wanted elected received more
      money from pro-Israel groups outside his state than from his own
      constituents inside his state. Who is that Congressman going to be
      thinking of when he votes in Congress?

      So here is the mother of all scandals.

      For two years, the FBI has suspected AIPAC of spying for a foreign
      country, and for those two years (and for decades before) that group
      suspected of spying for Israel has been reshaping the US Congress
      for the benefit of a foreign government.

      And THAT is the mother of all scandals.

      Think about that as billions of your tax dollars flow to Israel
      while your roads and schools crumble and decay and services are

      Think about that as the coffins come home with your loved ones

      Think about that when you and a million of your fellow citizens
      march down the streets of America opposing wars built on lies and
      deceptions and wonder why the government just doesn't want to listen
      to you any more.


      American arrested as nuclear spy for Israel
      By Randall Mikkelsen

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States arrested an 84-year-old
      American on Tuesday suspected of giving Israel secrets on nuclear
      weapons, fighter jets and missiles in the 1980s, in a case linked
      to the Jonathan Pollard spy scandal that rocked U.S.-Israeli

      The arrest of Ben-Ami Kadish indicates that Israeli spying revealed
      by the Pollard case, still an irritant to the U.S. alliance with
      Israel, may have spread wider than previously acknowledged. "It was
      bigger than we thought, and they hid it well," said former U.S.
      Attorney Joseph diGenova, who prosecuted Pollard.

      Kadish acknowledged his spying in FBI interviews and said he acted
      to help Israel, according to court documents. He was accused of
      reporting to an Israeli government handler who was also a main
      contact for Pollard, an American citizen serving a life term on a
      1985 charge of spying for Israel.

      State Department spokesman Tom Casey said, "We will be informing the
      Israelis of this action ... 20-plus years ago during the Pollard
      case we noted that this was not the kind of behavior we would
      expect from friends and allies, and that would remain the case

      Authorities said Kadish was arrested in New Jersey on four counts of
      conspiracy and espionage after an investigation that began in 2005.
      The first spy charge carries a possible death sentence. Kadish made
      an initial appearance at Manhattan federal court. Looking frail and
      shuffling, Kadish smiled briefly at the judge who ordered his
      release on $300,000 bail and restricted his travel. Kadish did not
      speak, and his lawyer made no comment upon leaving.

      Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Arye Mekel said of the
      arrest: "We know nothing about it. We heard it from the media."

      Pollard pleaded guilty in 1986. Israel gave him citizenship in 1996
      and acknowledged in 1998 the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst
      was one of its spies. Israel has unsuccessfully sought Pollard's
      release. Kadish is a Connecticut-born U.S. citizen who worked as a
      mechanical engineer at the Army's Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, New
      Jersey. His spying lasted roughly from 1979 to 1985, and his contact
      with the unidentified Israeli handler continued until March of this
      year, the federal complaint against him said. Based on circumstances
      of the case, DiGenova identified Kadish's contact as Yosef Yagur,
      who has been linked in court documents to the Pollard case. A
      Justice Department spokesman said he could not confirm that. The
      complaint cited Kadish as saying that, unlike Pollard, he received
      no money from the Israelis.


      Kadish used his security clearance to borrow 50 to 100 classified
      documents from the arsenal's library, the complaint said. He worked
      from a list provided by the handler, identified in court documents
      as "CC-1." The contact photographed the documents in Kadish's
      basement. One classified document Kadish passed on "contained
      information concerning nuclear weaponry," the complaint said.

      Israel is believed to have nuclear weapons but has never
      acknowledged it. Another document related to a modified version of
      an F-15 fighter jet that the United States had sold to an
      unidentified other foreign country, the complaint said. A third
      pertained to the U.S. Patriot missile air defense system. The U.S.
      military first deployed the system in 1984, and Israel used the
      system to defend against Iraqi missiles in the 1991 Gulf war.

      The complaint said Kadish kept contact with CC-1, met him in Israel
      in 2004, and spoke with him by telephone on March 20 of this year,
      after his first FBI interview.

      It said the handler told him to lie to U.S. authorities: "Don't say
      anything ... What happened 25 years ago? You don't remember
      anything," CC-1 was quoted as saying.

      The complaint said the handler worked as the Israeli consul for
      science affairs at its Consulate General in New York from 1980 to
      November 1985.

      During the late 1970s, he worked for Israeli Aircraft Industries, an
      Israeli government contractor, the complaint said. It said the
      handler left the United States when Pollard was arrested and had
      not returned.

      The details fit Yagur's history. A woman who identified herself as
      Yagur's wife, when reached by telephone in Israel, said: "We're not
      speaking to journalists. Goodbye."

      (Additional reporting by Arshad Mohammed, Christine Kearney in New
      York and Dan Williams in Jerusalem; Editing by Patricia Wilson and
      Peter Cooney)

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