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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-12-12

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House offici als do not recall
President Reagan having
authorized in advance Israel's
sale of arms to Iran, White
House spokesman Larry
Speakes said last week.
"They don't remember the
President authorizing the
shipment before the fact,"
Speakes said. He would not
identify the officials except to
say they were "high level"
and had been involved in the
meetings on United States'
secret negotiations with Iran.
Speakes said he spoke to
the officials after former
National Security Advisor
Robert McFarlane was re-
ported by the New York
Times as having testified
that Reagan told the Israelis
through him in August, 1985,
that Reagan would "condone"
the Israeli shipment. The
Israelis sent anti-tank
missiles to Iran in September,
1985.

McFarlane's testimony be-
fore a closed-door session of
the Senate Select Committee
on Intelligence was revealed
to the newspaper by three
people.
Meanwhile, in Jerusalem,
the government announced
that Israel will agree to any
American request to cooper-
ate in current and future in-
vestigations into the ship-
ment of U.S. arms to Iran and
the diversion of the sale pro-

ceeds to the contra rebels in
Nicaragua.
The decision was made at a
meeting between Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir,
Vice Prime Minister and
Foreign Minister Shimon
Peres and Defense Minister
Yitzhak Rabin. There has
been no official request from
Washington for Israeli coop-
eration in the probes but such
requests are anticipated.
Israel is expected to give
American investigators ac-
cess to those officials involved
in the arms deal which Israel
has admitted undertaking at
the specific request of the
Reagan Administration. Israel
has denied any involvement
in or knowledge of the trans-
fer of monies to the Contras.
Israel cooperated with the
U.S. in the case of Jonathan
Pollard, the civilian U.S. Navy
analyst convicted last year of
spying for Israel. That case
was cited as the precedent for
future cooperation in the Iran
arms affair.
Israel has admitted facili-
tating the shipment of U.S.
arms to Iran, at the specific
request of the Reagan Ad-
ministration but has stead-
fastly denied any role in or
knowledge of the transfer of
monies to the Contras. Israel
was directly implicated in the
transfer by U.S. Attorney
General Edwin Meese at a
White House press con-
ference November 25.

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Jerusalem (JTA) — Ira
Rapoport, the only suspected
member of a Jewish terrorist
underground in the West
Bank to escape arrest, was
taken into custody at Ben
Gurion Airport last Sunday
on his return from the United
States. He was released on
bail by a Petach Tikva
magistrate pending formal
charges.
He is expected to be charged
with membership in a ter-
rorist organization and par-
ticipation in attacks on pro-
minent Palestinians in the
West Bank. According to his
lawyer, Yaacov Weinroth, a
plea bargaining agreement
has been reached with the
prosecution.
Rapoport, a resident of the
West Bank settlement of
Shilo, was sent to the U.S. as
an emissary of the Gush
Emunim. When the Jewish
underground members were
rounded up two years ago and
brought to trial, Rapoport re-
mained in the U.S. rather
than face charges.
He told reporters at the air-
port that he stayed there on-
ly to be with his mother who
was ill with cancer. He said

the disease is now in remis-
sion and he decided to return
to Israel with his wife Orit
and five children because he
wants to raise his children in
Israel.
Meanwhile, in Jerusalem,
Rabbi Moshe Levinger, the
Gush Emunim leader from
Hebron, and other West Bank
Jewish settlers continued to
maintain their vigil outside
the homes of Prime Minister
Yitzhak Shamir and Vice
Prime Minister Shimon Peres
in support of demands for
Presidential pardons for
underground members still
serving their prison sentences.

Israel Reports
Police Grill
Budapest Jews

Jerusalem (JTA) — The
Foreign Ministry expressed
surprise last week at reports
that Jews in Budapest were
summoned by the local police
for questioning about their
contacts with Israelis and
Jews from Western countries.

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