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>PD Jan. 5, 1995, V3, #3
Israel Accused of Selling U.S. Technology to China
By Ron Pemstein (State Department)
The United States is investigating reports Israel may have
transferred American aviation technology to China for use
in developing a Chinese fighter jet.
There have been reports Israel and China collaborated on a
new fighter jet for China known as the F-10. Those reports
confirmed by Israeli officials say the technology was based on
the Lavi, a joint American-Israeli fighter jet. That project was
abandoned in 1987.
Israeli officials have said any technology transferred to China
was small and is based on Israeli developments from the Lavi. The
US is questioning the Israeli claim. State Department spokesman
Michael McCurry says if American fighter technology was
transferred, sanctions against Israel would have be taken.
"We've seen some of the press accounts about measures of
cooperation that have occurred between Israel and China and we take
credible reports of any unauthorized transfer of US military
technology enormously seriously. The export arms control acts
require us under our own law to look in to those type of reports,
to monitor what type of technology transfers may be occurring
without specific US authorization."
The spokesman says the United States has extensive procedures for
monitoring those type of transfers, including consultation with
Congress. Under Secretary of State Lynn Davis has already held
discussions with Israel about arms export questions and the
investigation will continue about the Lavi fighter technology.
"The State Department spokesman says Israel had no authorization
to transfer American fighter technology to China and sanctions
must be taken if the reports are true. Earlier reports that
Israel passed American Patriot missile technology to China in
1992 were not proven. Israel receives $1.8 billion in American
military aid, much of it spent on American technology. That
business could be damaged if Israel is found guilty of illegal
transfers of technology.
Israel Convicts American of Involvement with Hamas
An American citizen was convicted by an Israeli military court
in Ramallah for participating in Hamas activities and attempting to
transfer funds to Hamas that were earmarked for purchasing weapons.
Mohammed Salah, of Chicago, was sentenced to five years in prison
and three years probation.
Salah was arrested in Jan. 1993 on suspicion of coordinating links
between Hamas leaders in the territories and those abroad. He has
been active in a group affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood
movement since 1987. In addition, Salah was involved in Hamas's
Salah testified that certain Arab-American groups in Virginia serve
as a center for Hamas activities in the United States. In response,
senior Israeli officials have said that Hamas has an extensive
infrastructure in the U.S.
Second Shootout Between IDF and Palestinian Police
By Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Israeli soldiers and Palestinian policemen exchanged fire at the
Israel-Gaza border Wednesday for the second time this week. There
were only minor injuries. But the incident follows a shootout in
the same area Monday night when three Palestinian policemen were
killed. The events this week and other recent developments have
increased tensions between the Israeli soldiers and Palestinian
policemen who are expected to cooperate to make the
Israeli/Palestinian peace accord work.
It was an unlikely partnership from the beginning--Israeli
soldiers trained to fight Palestinian terrorists, and former
terrorists now in uniform as Palestinian police officers. But their
leaders put them together in the peace accord, manning adjacent
checkpoints and operating joint patrols, to provide security for
people on both sides and give peace a chance to take hold.
Initially, the effort worked fairly well, to the surprise of many
observers. But in recent weeks lingering tensions have surfaced
and worsened. In one of Wednesday's incidents, Israeli troops fired
at two armed Palestinians in a car, who turned out to be undercover
policemen who had come to investigate an earlier shooting. And one
senior Palestinian officer was quoted as saying, when he heard
about the first of Wednesday's shootouts, that he assumed this was
the beginning of the process of exacting revenge for Monday night's
Iran Intensifying Efforts to Produce Chemical Weapons
Iran is currently intensifying its efforts to produce chemical
weapons and has recently installed new production equipment.
According to senior Israeli officials, these Iranian efforts,
coupled with Teheran's attempts to produce new long-range surface-
to-surface missiles, represent a serious threat to Israel. The
sources added that Iran is also developing and producing biological
weapons under the guise of medical factories.
Iran is reportedly financing a large portion of North Korea's
development of a new missile with an estimated range of 1,000
miles, in addition to working with China on developing another
Iran's is said to have the capability to produce the missiles
domestically. In its recent efforts, Teheran has reportedly been
using equipment purchased from Pakistan, Argentina and Eastern
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