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June 27, 1986 - Image 33

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-06-27

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Israel Expects Pollard
`Statement' From U.S.

Washington (JTA) — Israeli
Justice Minister Yithak Modal
said last week he expected the
Reagan Adminsitration to
release as soon as possible an
"official statement," detailing
the findings of its continued in-
vestigation into the Jonathan
Pollard espionage affair.
But in a press conference
following a string of high-level
meetings here, Modal indicated
that the Israeli government
would not renew its own inquiry
into the case by seeking further
interviews with those Israelis
already "tried" in connection
with the scandal.
Last December, a team of
American investigators was per-
mitted to interview three
Israelis who had been involved
in the transfer of secret U.S.
documents from Jonathan
Pollard, a civilian navy analyst,
to Israel. Following the visit in
Israel, the State Department an-
nounced that the Israeli Govern-
ment had extended its "full
cooperation" in the inquiry and
had returned all documents ob-
tained "in an unauthorized man-
But the indictment issued
against Pollard and his wife
Anne HendersonPollard earlier
this month named as co-
conspirators two Israelis whose
alleged roles in the affair had
been disclosed by Pollard as
part of his plea bargain. Their
names — Aviem Sella, now a
senior Israeli Air Force Com-
mander, and Irit Erb, who was
a secretary at the Embassy in
Washington — had not come up
in the interviews conducted by
the American team when they
visited Israel.
The indictment also contained
details of what the Israeli
government has called a "rogue
operation," but which, accor-
ding to Pollard's account and
the indictment, involved
substantial sums of money. The
new allegations have led to sug-
gestions by Justice Department
officials and others that the
Israeli espionage operation was
both authorized and more exten-
sive than previously believed.
Following angry comments
from the Israeli government
about the comments, given
mostly by unnamed officials to
the press, the State Department
and White House maintained
that the U.S. had no evidence of
a larger operation and corn-
mended Israel for abiding by its
agreement to fully cooperate
with the U.S. investigation.
But in spite of his willingness
to forcefully tackle each and
every question put forward,
Modai almost appeared as
though he were under investiga-
tion himself, and the lingering
suggestions of a government
coverup seemed far from the
point of being laid to rest.
Specifically, there were ques-
tions about the appointments of
Rafi Eitan — who had directed
the operation through a now
disbanded unit for the gathering

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of scientific data — and Aviam
Sella, who allegedly acted as a
liaison in the operation, to
prestigious positions in Israel
following Pollard's arrest.
Modai said that he himself, in
his capacity at the time of
Finance Minister, had approved
Eitan's appointment as chair-
man of the Board of a
government-owned chemical
enterprise, -but maintained that
it was not "in reward or in com-
pensation" for his espionage
As for Sella, who was in the
country as a graduate student
when he allegedly became in-
volved in the Pollard operation,
Modal maintained that it was
up to the military to investigate
the allegations in the Pollard in-
dictment. Sella has been given
command of a large Israeli air
Yosef Yagur, a former science
attache at the Israeli Consulate
in New York who was named in
the indictment, has been app-
pointed to a position in the same
state-owned chemical company
to which Eitan was transfered,
the Jerusalem Post recently

Mengele's Son
Admits Visiting
His Father

New York (JTA) — Rolf
Mengele, the 42-year old son of
Josef Mengele, the notorious
concentration camp doctor, said
last week that he visited his
father in Brazil two years before
he drowned there in 1979. He
said that he had help conceal his
father whereabouts because "I
would never betray my father,"
according to a report in The
New York Times.
Appearing on the Phil
Donahue show on NBC-TV,
Mengele, a lawyer who lives in
West Germany, said he was
ashamed of his father crimes,
committed at Auschwitz con-
centration camp during World
War II.
He did not dispute his father's
crimes, but he said nonetheless
that he could not bring himself
to tell the hunters of his father
where he was. "I would do it
again like this," Mengele said.
Mengele appeared on the pro-
gram in conjuction with the
publication of a new biography
of his father, Mengele: The Com-
plete Story by John Ware and
Gerald Posner. The book is bas-
ed on Dr. Mengele's diaries and
other materials made available
by the son. Mengele reportedly
has no share of any profits from
the book and had agreed to con-
tribute materials on condition
that 20 percent of the profits be
donated to Auschwitz survivors
and victims of his father




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