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    US Accuses Israel of Spying; Second Charge in 4 Months
    Barbara Ferguson

    WASHINGTON, 17 December 2004 — For the second time in four months, the US has accused Israel of spying against Washington. This week, the FBI charged the Israeli Defense Ministry of industrial espionage, and accused it’s defense officials of trying to access US top secret technological and intelligence data.

    Washington allegedly is so furious over the spying allegations that it has demanded the resignation of Amos Yaron, director general of Israel’s Defense Ministry, according several news sources.

    The report comes just days after the FBI raided the pro-Israel lobbying group, AIPAC, in Washington and interrogated AIPAC officials, resulting in four of AIPAC’s top officials being subpoenaed by a federal grand jury. The US has accused a Defense Department analyst, Lawrence Franklin, of passing classified US information on Iran to Israel.

    Additionally, FBI officials say that Israeli officials who visited US military sites have tried to steal confidential US technology information. FBI agents have interrogated a number of Israeli officials over the past few months, including IDF officers, diplomats, and military industry officials.

    Israel has called the US accusations that Tel Aviv’s defense officials were engaged in industrial espionage “a misunderstanding based on chutzpah and general nosiness,” according to yesterday’s Jerusalem Post.

    “High-ranking political sources in Israel reiterated that all the tension is the result of cultural differences, such as the Israeli practice of cutting corners or pressuring officials to give up information. The Americans interpret these in a completely different way, they said,” notes the Post.

    Knesset Member Yuval Steinitz, chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee denied Israel was involved in industrial or any other kind of espionage in the United States.

    “There is no Israeli espionage in the US. Period,” he told Israel Army radio. “There is a lot of very good cooperation, including military and security industrial cooperation. There is also a mutual exchange of information. Both sides contribute information. Perhaps it is this to which (the Americans) are referring.”

    But a US defense expert disagrees. He told News yesterday the Israelis have been spying on US military systems for years - this, he said is “well-known” within the defense community. “They took our Arrow, our Patriot missile system, and a knock-off of our F-16, the Davi and made their versions of it,” said the source, who insisted on anonymity.

    “The irony is that they copy our weapons and then turn around and sell them to countries where we don’t want them to go.”

    “In this case, Pakistan now has a spin-off of the F-16 and is using US technology that came via Israel and China.”

    “During Gulf War I, the US stationed their Patriot missiles in Israel and their experts crawled all over it. They helped themselves to whatever they could to make a similar weapon, and several of our Patriots disappeared while there,” he said.

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