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Technology Transfer

Continued from Page 1

The matter came to media at-
tention in the U.S. when an offi-
cial of the U.S. Attorney's office
in Albany, N.Y. announced last
Thursday that U.S. customs
agents had raided Napco and
two ether companies that were
its sub-contractors in search of
evidence of the possible illegal
export of the technology to Is-
rael.
The other companies were
Abernathy Lead Construction
Co. of Eddystone, Pa. and the G
& B Packing Co. of Bayonne,
N.J. The U.S. Attorney's office
said no licenses had been ob-
tained.
Cabinet Secretary Yossi Be-
ilin refused to comment Sunday
on suggestions that the Napco
affair might have been insti-
gated to put pressure on Israel
in connection with the current
investigation of the Jonathan
Pollard spy case. A team of U.S.
Justice Department officials and
FBI agents arrived in Israel last
week and reportedly are ques-
tioning Israeli diplomats and
others said to have had contacts
with Pollard, the U.S. Navy
counterintelligence analyst ar-
rested in Washington Nov. 21
for allegedly spying for Israel.
The investigation is being con-
ducted under tight security. The
American officials have refused
to speak to reporters since their
arrival.
The reports of the allegedly il-
legal technology transfer did not
appear to disturb Israeli officials
when the story broke in the
American media last week. But
on Friday, Menachem Meron,
Director General of the Defense
Ministry told a press conference
in Tel Aviv that Israel's
dealings with Napco were com-
pletely open and legal. He said
the U.S. approved and financed
the purchase from Napco
"within the framework of the
aid for military requirements
and the permit has been duly
given."
He said Napco had contracted
with Israel to build an installa-
tion here for the chrome coating
process. For security reasons he
would not say where it is to be
located or when it will be com-
pleted.
The affair, reported in the
American media over the
weekend, caused hardly a ripple
compared to the "shock and con-
sternation" expressed by the
government when Pollard was
arrested. But Israel's alleged il-
legal acquisition of the cannon
manufacturing technology, corn-
ing on top of the Pollard affair,
has caused some dismay in unof-
ficial quarters. Political sources
said it is possible the entire
matter is a misunderstanding.
One source suggested that per-
haps one of the American com-
panies involved neglected to fill
out a form.
At any rate, apart from Me-
ron's press conference, there has
been no hint of concern by gov-
ernment officials, no emergency
consultations or any sign that a
new matter of urgency has ari-
sen with the U.S.
Meanwhile, Abraham Sofaer,

the Justice Department's legal
adviser who is heading up the
Pollard investigation in Israel,
would not venture a guess as to
how long the U.S. officials will
remain in the Jewish state. Is-
rael Radio said last week the
questioning would be conducted
at a hotel in Tel Aviv. The hotel
was not identified.
Last Wednesday, Sofaer and
U.S. Ambassador Thomas Pic-
kering met in Jerusalem with
Hannan Bar-On, Deputy Direc-
tor General of the Foreign
Ministry who is heading the Is-
raeli team in the investigation.
American sources said that the
progress in the investigation de-
pends on the degree of coopera-
tion on the part of the Israelis.
The parameter of the investi-
gation was reportedly defined at
a meeting last week in Wash-
ington between Secretary of
State Shultz and Minister-
Without-Portfolio Moshe Arens.
Neither official has disclosed the
content of their meeting.
In Washington, the Reagan
Administration is reportedly
limiting its exchange of intelli-
gence with Israel in the wake of
the Pollard case.
State Department deputy
spokesman Charles Redman
noted last week that the step
was taken in the "immediate af-
termath" of Pollard's arrest.
Redman said that pending a
"clear assessment" of how much
U.S. security had been com-
promised, "some discreet limita-
tions were placed on selected in-
telligence exchanges with Is-
rael." He added "this was a logi-
cal and prudent step."
Redman's statement came
after Richard Armitage, Assis-
tance Secretary of Defense for
International Security Affairs,
revealed the restriction on shar-
ing intelligence in a newspaper
interview.
"We're waiting the results of
the Pollard fact-finding investi-
gation," Armitage was quoted as
saying.
Israel and the U.S. have a
long record of sharing intelli-
gence information which has
been of benefit to both countries.
In a related development, an
American Zionist leader has
charged that the response of
"some Jewish spokesmen" to the
Pollard case revealed a "real in-
feriority complex" among
American Jews.
Jacques Torczyner, president
of the World Union of General
Zionists made the Statement
Sunday in an address at the
opening session of the Union's
third Pan American Conventiori
in Hollywood, Fla.
In his address, Torczyner
asked, "Why must American
Jews repeatedly affirm our pa-
triotism, thus raising the
spectre of dual loyalty? Did any
Chinese Americans take to the
media when a citizen of Chinese
origin was arrested recently for
espionage? The existence of Is-
rael and the vindication of the
Zionist dream should have put
an end to the groveling of
American Jewish leaders."
Torczyner did not identify the
persons he had in mind.

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