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May 15, 1987 - Image 38

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-05-15

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Secord Says Israel
Used As a 'Cover'

Washington (JTA) — The
Americans involved in the
covert arms shipments used
Israel as a "cover" that would
take the "hit" if the plan was
discovered, to retired Air
Force Gen. Richard Secord
said last week.
Secord, testifying before
the Senate-House select com-
mittee's hearing on the
Iran/Contra affair, described
a February meeting he at-
tended in the White House to
discuss ways of legally
transporting U.S. weapons to
Iran. The meeting included
lawyers from the Central In-
telligence Agency National
Security Advisor Rear Adm.
John Poindexter and Lt. CoL
Oliver North, a National
Security Council aide.
Secord said it was decided
that the weapons were to be
sold from the United States
to him in his role as a "com-
mercial cutout" that was not
part of the government. He
said the "commercial cutout"
was an attempt to "mirror"
the way in which Israel had
secretly transported a earlier
arms shipment to Iran.
The weapons were then to
be tranported to Israel which
would then ship the weapons
to Iran. Secord called the
arms shipment a U.S:Israeli
"joint venture" in which
Israel was to provide a
"cover."
Asked by John Nields, the
House committee's chief

counsel, if those involved in
the arms sales were trying to
conceal the operation from
Congress, Secord said they
were concerned only with con-
cealing the operation from
the Iranians.
Secord went onto reveal the
intricacies of the weapon
transport which included
Amiram Nir, an advisor to
then-Prime Minister Shimon
Peres, Iranian arms dealer
Manucher Ghorbanifar,
North and Robert McFarlane,
former National Security
Advisor.

In an attempt to account
for the huge sums of money
needed for the arms sales
operation, he noted that the
Israelis demanded an in-
surance of $2 million on each
plane that was sent out.
On Feb. 15 to 16, the first
delivery of 500 missiles were
transported from Israel to
Iran and the I-Hawks that
had been previously delivered
by Israel and rejected were
picked up. A second delivery
was made after a meeting in
Frankfurt.
But Secord testified that
the plan to deliver additional
spare parts was delayed when
the Iranians refused to re-
lease the American hostages.
McFarlane, who had then
retired in his post as National
Security Advisor, went to
Thheran in late May and was
unable to resolve the conflict.

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Friday, May 15, 1987

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

New York (JTA) — A new
standing committee on the
Jewish Agency under the
chairmanship of Edgar Cad-
den of Chicag-o, was created at
the recent 61st annual
meeting of United Israel Ap-
peal, it was announced by
UIA chairman Henry Taub of
Englewood, N.J. last week.

Taub appointed the new
committee, whose chairman
and members were approved
by UIA's Board of Directors.
Taub said the committee
had been created in response
to rising interest, on the part
of Jewish communities
throughout the U.S. in the ac-
tivities and operations of the
Jewish Agency for Israel
(JAFI). He said that over the
last four years, some 28 local
Jewish Federation commit-
tees on the Jewish Agency
were formed and that more

were in the process of being
established.
Recent Reform movement
demands, coupled with
greater participation in
Jewish Agency affairs, helped
to vitalize local committees,
whose official institutionali-
zation was encouraged by the-
chairman of the Agency's
Board of Governors and the
Council of Jewish Federa-
tions, Taub said.
He said that the local
Federations now select MA's
119 delegates to the annual
Jewish Agency Assembly in
Jerusalem, which is the
Agency's constituent voting
body. Local Federation com-
mittees on JAFI review cur-
rent issues before the Agency
and discuss resolutions to be
presented at the Assembly.
In 1986, 18 such resolu-
tions were passed by the
Assembly for implementation

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