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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Haaretz - Israel News - FBI seeks to Question Mossad Spy Master Naor Gilon

Haaretz - Israel News - FBI seeks to probe senior Israeli diplomat in Pentagon spy case: "Last update - 07:31 28/07/2005

FBI seeks to probe senior Israeli diplomat in Pentagon spy case
By Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondent
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is demanding that Naor Gilon, head of the political department at the Israeli embassy in Washington, be interrogated in connection to the Pentagon spy case.

It is possible the FBI will also want to interrogate other Israeli diplomats in connection with Pentagon analyst Lawrence Franklin, an Iran expert under investigation for allegedly passing classified documents to Israel via the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

The American request was discussed a few weeks ago at an interministerial meeting in Jerusalem. The consensus was that neither Gilon nor other officials should be allowed to undergo investigation by the FBI but that Israel would be prepared to respond in writing to questions.

According to accepted practice, Israeli civil servants have immunity and cannot be investigated by foreign countries about actions taken in their work capacity, and it appears that Israel would like this immunity applied in the current affair.

The demand to investigate Gilon's role and possibly also that of other Israeli representatives is the clearest indication that the Americans believe Israel is involved in the Franklin case, which until now has been presented as an internal American affair.

It is also another stumbling block in the ties between Israel and the United States, which have grown less close since President George W. Bush was elected for a second term. The Franklin affair comes on the heels of a crisis between the two countries over Israeli sales of arms to China.

According to a report on Channel 10 Wednesday night, FBI agents are planning to come to Israel shortly to deal with the case.

Israeli sources confirmed that there had been developments with regard to the Franklin-AIPAC case but said that no federal agents had yet arrived here. They said the issue is being dealt with by the legal adviser to the Foreign Ministry, Ehud Keinan, in conjunction with the Justice Ministry."

Congressman John Conyers, Jr. "No More Pardons for Traitor-gate Criminals"

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Convicted Previously of National Security Crimes, Elliott Abrams Joins Rove and Libby as Latest Figures Newest Figure in Traitor-gate

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Arutz Sheva - Crisis in Relations Between Israel and the US- China Arms sales and Naor Gilon Mossad station Chief

Arutz Sheva - Israel National News: "Crisis in Relations Between Israel and the United States
17:46 Jul 28, '05 / 21 Tammuz 5765
By Ezra HaLevi

Two crises have erupted between the US and Israel, constituting what some analysts are calling the lowest point in relations between the two countries since the imprisonment of Jonathan Pollard.

The Bush administration is refusing to cancel sanctions it placed against Israel, even though the Jewish State has cancelled its deal with China regarding maintenance of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Nixing the China was done under intense US pressure and damaged Israel's military industry.

America began freezing joint security projects and delivery of defense equipment to Israel as part of the sanctions.

The sanctions were placed as a result of a bill calling for a five-year ban on the purchase of defense materials from any country selling arms to China. Israel sold China unmanned drones in the early '90s and committed itself in the contract to upgrade the drones from time to time. The crisis erupted when the US accused Israel of violating the US ban on selling arms to China by upgrading the drones, demanding that Israel break the agreement with the Chinese and even refuse to return the Chinese drones themselves.

The US is now demanding that Israel and Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz issue a written apology, enact Knesset legislation preventing future episodes and allow increased US monitoring of Israel's security-related exports through the signing of a joint memorandum that accepts the sanctions.

Mofaz canceled a planned trip to the US following the announcement of the increased US demands. Israeli officials claim the meeting was cancelled due to events in Israel, though a date for another meeting was not set.

Mofaz had wanted to discuss the lifting of sanctions against Israel and the ending of the crisis between the countries and was prepared to capitulate to nearly all of the American demands.

Members of the Israeli delegation in Washington D.C. told Israel's largest daily Yedioth Acharonot that after Israel announced it would give in to most of the US demands, the American delegation, made up of Pentagon and State Department officials revealed more demands and displayed contempt for the Israeli delegation.

The US, who torpedoed Israel's multibillion-dollar sale of Phalcon strategic airborne radar systems to China in 2000, continues to sell arms to countries such as Saudi Arabia, who do not recognize the right of the Jewish State to exist.

As that crisis snowballs, the FBI investigation of AIPAC seems to be turning toward employees of Israel's US Embassy. The FBI is demanding that Naor Gilon, head of the embassy's political department, be interrogated in connection to the case of Pentagon Iran expert Lawrence Franklin, who was caught in an FBI sting operation passing on classified material relating to Israeli security.

Embassy officials usually have immunity and are not allowed to be investigated by foreign countries regarding issues related to their work. Israel has offered the FBI the possibility that Gilon would respond to questions in writing.

The FBI request indicates that Israel is now suspected of being involved in the Franklin case, which until now was portrayed as involving only the AIPAC Israel lobby group.

Israel's Channel 10 reported Wednesay that FBI agents are on their way to Israel in order to take further steps with regard to the case.

Published: 13:11 July 28, 2005
Last Update: 17:46 July 28, 2005"