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January 23, 1987 - Image 17

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DIVORCE

is the last step.

rity Council post when the
scandal first became public
knowledge, had told him on
Nov. 23 that the Israelis had
originated the idea of over-
charging the Iranians for the
arms and diverting the profits
to the contras.
North, according to one ver-
sion of the Meese testimony,
was said to have identified
David Kimche, former
director-general of the Israeli
Foreign Ministry, as the offi-
cial who proposed that course
of action but Justice Depart-
ment attorneys and FBI inves-
tigators have not been able to
confirm that the Israeli had
played any such role.
Kimche himself denied it
flatly. He said he had met
North only twice and on
neither occasion had aid to the
contras been discussed. In a
statement on Israeli Radio,
Kimche said if North had at-
tributed the contra aid plan to
him, he was "an unmitigated
liar."
But while reporting. that
"some former colleagues of
North have questioned his
veracity," the Los Angeles
Times asserted that "if support
is developed for his (North's)
claim, it would suggest that Is-
rael played a role in the contra
connection, which Israeli offi-
cials have denied knowing
anything about."
With the fund-skimming
scheme attributed to one Is-
raeli, the resumption of U.S.
arms sales to Iran in 1986 is
blamed on the persuasiveness
of another Israeli official.
Amiram Nir, who was Prime
Minister Shimon Peres' ad-
viser on terrorism and whom
Peres put in charge of the Ira-
nian dealings, is being
fingered by Administration
sources as the man responsible
for the resumption of arms
shipments to Iran after
President Reagan had ordered
them halted in December 1985.
Nir, according to informa-
tion volunteered by Adminis-
tration officials, came to Wash-
ington shortly after Reagan
ordered the ban and told CIA
director William J. Casey that
resumption of arms shipments
to Iran would lead to the fre-
eing of the American hostages
held in Lebanon.
"Government officials who
have reviewed the arms sales
to Iran," the New York Times
reported, "said this argument
convinced President Reagan to
resume arms shipments." The
shipments had been sus-
pended, the officials said,
"more because of unhappiness
with the logistics provided by
the Israelis than because of
any deep-seated opposition to
the idea." In fact, soon after the
President signed an order
authorizing direct U.S. par-
ticipation in the arms ship-
ments, bypassing Israeli mid-
dlemen.
It is to defeat the continuing
effort to make Israel the
scapegoat for a major White
House and intelligence corn-

munity blunder that the Is-
raeli government must act
speedily to be able to coun-
teract this campaign with the
documented findings of its own
penetrating investigation.
Statements and denials
alone won't do. To be effective,
the Israeli response to the in-
neundos and charges here
must be solidly based on the
findings of a commission of in-
quiry with the credibility,
scope and authority given to
the Kahan commission when it
examined Israeli responsibil-
ity for the Phalangist mas-
sacres in the Beirut Palesti-
nian refugee camps during the
campaign in Lebanon. The re-
sults of that inquiry were un-
hesitatingly accepted by the
world. That commission would
have to examine and reveal
many of the arcane connec-
tions between Israeli arms
merchants on the one hand,
and the shadowy figures
haunting the international
arms market who had key roles
in the transactions.
This may hurt Israel eco-
nomically since the arms in-
dustry, which is Israel's
biggest, producing a quarter of
its income from exports, th-
rives in a clandestine atmos-
phere and suffers from expo-
sure to the light. But it is a
result that Israel will have to
accept.
The arms industry is the
backbone of the Israeli indus-
trial complex, the framework
on which practically all its
techological activities depend.
No commission report can alter
this; Israel, for the foreseeable
future, must remain heavily
armed. To survive, it must
make and export the tools of
war. That is the grim, irrever-
sible reality.

WA Releases
Fiscal Report

New York — United Israel
Appeal, the principal benefici-
ary of national UJA cam-
paigns, issued its annual re-
port for fiscal year April 1,
1985 - March 31, 1986. During
this period, UIA allocated
$311,302,000 to the Jewish
Agency for program services in
Israel, including immigration
and absorption, Project Re-
newal, housing, rural settle-
ment, education, Youth Aliyah
and other social needs. In addi-
tion, UIA expended
$14,277,000 for debt service,
increasing total support to
nearly $326 million for the fis-
cal year. The total budget was
approved by the Jewish
Agency Assembly at $381 mil-
lion.
The report quotes Henry
Taub, UIA's newly-elected
chairman, who noted that "the
Jewish Agency debt is now
under $500 million, a reduc-
tion of more than 20 percent
from $650 million only a few
years ago . ."

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