[Freemanlist2] What's Really Headlines about Arrest of an Octogenarian Spy for Israel?
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008 What's Really behind the Screaming Headlines about the Arrest of an Octogenarian Spy for Israel? FREEMAN CENTER BROADCAST- April 23, 2008
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=========== [Freeman Note: Before you read this article, please be aware of the following:
1. The US lies about espionage charges against Israelis in order to hurt Israel politically.
2. The USA is spying on Israel ALL THE TIME and the CIA has hundreds of agents in Israel for that purpose. The information the CIA acquires is turned over to Arabs for use AGAINST Israel.
3. Any information that Israel may seek from the USA (remember Pollard) is used NOT against the USA but for Israeli self-defense.
The statement above neither condones or approves of espionage, but merely explains the reality in Israel and the USA.]
More likely, Kadish is being used by American officials as a means to loosen
support for Israel as the two countries enter a tenacious period of
What's Really behind the Screaming Headlines about the Arrest of an
Octogenarian Spy for Israel?
by Lenny Ben David -Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - I*Consult
American engineer Ben-Ami Kadish was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly
providing to an Israeli "handler" classified data on nuclear weapons, F-15
fighter jets, and the Patriot missile air defense system.
A few important points of perspective are vital: Kadish is 84 years old. The
alleged crime took place some 25-30 years ago (!), between 1979 and 1985.
Today Mr. Kadish lives an open, active life in a New Jersey retirement
village where, according to a community newspaper, he and his wife open
their sukka every year to raise money for local charities and for Magen
According to the New Jersey Jewish News, "Ben-Ami grew up in what was then
Palestine and fought with the Hagana. He also served in both the British and
American military during World War II and is an ex-commander of the Jewish
War Veterans Post 609 in Monroe."
News accounts suggest that Kadish's handler was the same man who directed
Jonathan Pollard. Probably to avoid any issue of statute-of-limitations, the
indictment alleges that this Zayde maintained ties to his handler until last
Do federal prosecutors really see octogenarian Kadish as a major criminal?
More likely, Kadish is being used by American officials as a means to loosen
support for Israel as the two countries enter a tenacious period of
negotiations. This is a pattern of American pressure that repeats itself.
The tactic is geared to embarrass American supporters of Israel,
particularly Members of Congress, who oppose weapons sales to Israel's foes,
dangerous concessions to the Palestinians, or the abrogation of previous
commitments to Israel.
During the last 30 years, particularly, in times of tension, American
officials claimed that Israel stole plans for the Sidewinder air-to-air
missiles, diverted nuclear material from a U.S. plant in the 1960s,
illegally obtained krytron triggers for nuclear weapons, pilfered computer
components from Patriot missiles, and used American technology on the Lavie
aircraft that was later transferred to China. The 2005 arrest of two AIPAC
staffers is more of the same, and they were charged under the creaky 1917
Espionage Act statute older than Kadish. For years, unnamed American
spy-hunters have been looking for an accomplice to Jonathan Pollard. Leaks
on these stories almost always took place on the eve of some contretemps
with the U.S. State Department.
Today's case against 84-year-old Kadish reflects more the impatience of the
U.S. Secretary of State with Israel's decision to continue building in
Jerusalem and in settlement blocs and to retain security roadblocks. To push
ahead in the illusionary Annapolis process at all costs, the State
Department must de-emphasize President Bush's letter to Prime Minister
Sharon stating that it is "unrealistic" to seek a "full and complete return
to the armistice lines of 1949."
With President George Bush on his way to Israel to celebrate Israel's 60th
anniversary, what better way to deflate the goodwill and cut-down the gifts
the President is supposedly bringing?
Lastly, in the twilight of George Bush's administration, a presidential
pardon for Jonathan Pollard is again being discussed, at least by Jewish and
Israeli sources. Disclosure of another Pollard-like spy would be an
effective tool to keep Pollard locked up for good.
Bio note: The author, Lenny Ben David is a former diplomat, Washington
consultant to foreign embassies, lobbyist, writer and editor.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 Pollard statement re Kadish case
Questionable "New" Spy Case Calculated to Pressure Israel
J4JPnews Release -April 23, 2008
The US has put Israel on the defensive once again, with breaking "news" in
the American media, accusing Israel of running a spy in the US prior to the
This is not the first time that American officials have put Israel on the
defensive to further a particular political agenda. Nor is this the first
time that the Americans have done so by breaking a news story accusing
Israel of spying in the US. The latest accusations against Ben-Ami Kadish of
New Jersey, an
84-year old former employee of the US Army, is just one more round.
It is not clear for how many years the US has been sitting on this "breaking
news" story waiting for the right moment to hurl new accusations against
Israel, and falsely and unfairly target Jonathan Pollard by association.
In the past, as soon as the news hype dies down and Israel is on the
defensive, the inflated accusations in the American media somehow fade into
oblivion, and the only thing that remains is the damage that has been done
to Jonathan Pollard by association.
Unlike other espionage cases in the US, which are dealt with on a case by
case basis, every accusation against Israel is yielded like a club against
Jonathan Pollard - as if the 23 years he has served is somehow not enough
to make up for all of the sins of Israel.
In media interviews in Israel today, Esther Pollard expressed disappointment
at the failure of Israeli politicians, particularly the Prime Minister, to
articulate clearly that the accusations against Kadish in the US, are in no
way related to Jonathan Pollard's issue; that Pollard has more than served
his time, and that Israel intends to seek his immediate release, separate
and apart from any other issue.
Esther Pollard pointed out that Israeli politicians have no shame in making
public pronouncements to advance the release of a Palestinian terrorist
murderer who is serving five life sentences in an Israeli jail, but can't
find their tongue to articulate concern for Jonathan, an Israeli agent in
peril, who has served 23 years of a life sentence for his activities on
behalf of Israel.
Pollard, she said, has served more than 5 times the usual sentence for the
offense he committed. He is ill and in danger of life and death. The US has
promised his release on a number of occasions - including a commitment at
the Wye Summit in 1998. Israel released 750 Palestinian terrorists as the
price for Pollard at Wye, but the US has yet to honor its end of the deal by
releasing Pollard. According to Dennis Ross, a US senior official at Wye,
Pollard's release was withheld at the time, only because the US regards him
as too valuable a "bargaining chip" and needed for use against Israel in
final status talks.
When asked by Israel's Channel One TV News what impact this latest story
will have on chances for her husband's release, Esther responded, "It will
have whatever impact Prime Minister Olmert chooses for it to have. To date,
Olmert has still not made an official request for Jonathan's release. It is
time for the Prime Minister to discharge his legal and moral responsibility,
to save the life of an Israeli agent in peril, who has already served a
grossly disproportionate sentence. There is solid support for Jonathan's
release. Every senior American official familiar with the case and the
secret files -people like James Woolsey, former head of the CIA and Senator
Dennis DeConcini, former head of the Senate Intelligence Committee at the
time of Jonathan's arrest - have been on record for years saying it is time
to release Jonathan Pollard. There is no excuse that trumps the 23 years
that Jonathan has already served in American prisons."
Esther Pollard noted the suspicious timing of the breaking "news" story,
just prior to President Bush's anticipated visit to the region. She urged
the Prime Minister not to be deterred by this blatant attempt to put Israel
on the defensive; and to simply do the right thing: "Bring Jonathan home
now, alive, in time for Israel's 60th anniversary!"
JUSTICE FOR JONATHAN POLLARD
New Spy Case Seen as Attempt to Delay Pollard Release 18 Nissan 5768, 23 April 08 04:45
by Hillel Fendel
(IsraelNN.com) Following the news that an 83-year-old former US Army engineer, Ben-Ami Kadish of New Jersey, had been arrested on charges of spying for Israel 25 years ago, the Justice for Jonathan Pollard organization feels abandoned by the Israeli government once again.
Speaking with Arutz-7's Yedidya HaCohen, Esther Pollard said, "I feel great disappointment at the Government of Israel. Everyone in the media comes to me and hears what they should be hearing from Ehud Olmert - namely, that this entire [Kadish] case has nothing to do with Jonathan Pollard, that it does not cancel out the fact that Pollard deserves immediate release, and that the government of Israel is obligated to work for this goal."
A statement released by the Justice for Jonathan Pollard organization states that the U.S. "has put Israel on the defensive once again, with breaking 'news' in the American media accusing Israel of running a spy in the US prior to the Pollard case... It is not clear for how many years the U.S. has been sitting on this 'breaking news' story waiting for the right moment to hurl new accusations against Israel, and thus falsely and unfairly target Jonathan Pollard by association."
The statement notes that "unlike other espionage cases in the US, which are dealt with on a case-by-case basis, every accusation against Israel is yielded like a club against Jonathan Pollard - as if the 23 years he has served is somehow not enough to make up for all of the sins of Israel."
"It's Up to Olmert"
When asked by Israel's Channel One TV News what impact this latest story will have on chances for her husband's release, Esther Pollard responded, "It will have whatever impact Prime Minister Olmert chooses for it to have. To date, Olmert has still not made an official request for Jonathan's release. It is time for the Prime Minister to discharge his legal and moral responsibility to save the life of an Israeli agent in peril, who has already served a grossly disproportionate sentence."
She noted what she said was the "suspicious timing of the breaking 'news' story," just prior to President Bush's anticipated visit to the region for Israel's 60th anniversary. Several news analysts have made this connection as well, seeing the release of the story as an attempt to prevent Bush from possibly pardoning Pollard in time for the upcoming Presidential visit.%ad%
"There is solid support for Jonathan's release," Mrs. Pollard said. "Every senior American official familiar with the case and the secret files - people like James Woolsey, former head of the CIA, and Senator Dennis DeConcini, former head of the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time of Jonathan's arrest - have been on record for years saying it is time to release Jonathan Pollard. There is no excuse that trumps the 23 years that Jonathan has already served in American prisons."
"My husband should not have to pay the price for this latest case," Esther told HaCohen. "What, 23 years in prison are not enough? Olmert should say clearly that the cases are not connected. It is hard for me that after 23 years, we are once again abandoned, and that no one stands up for him."
Mrs. Pollard urged the Prime Minister not to be deterred by this "blatant attempt to put Israel on the defensive, and to simply do the right thing: Bring Jonathan home now, alive, in time for Israel's 60th anniversary!"
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'Kadish arrest might cloud Bush visit'
JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST Apr. 23, 2008
Senior government officials in Jerusalem are worried that the Tuesday arrest of a former US Army mechanical engineer on suspicion that he slipped classified documents about nuclear weapons to an employee of the Israeli Consulate may negatively affect US President George W. Bush's upcoming visit to Israel. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has therefore ordered his staff to investigate the details of the affair, and to determine if indeed Ben-Ami Kadish had any contact with an Israeli official. Currently, however, the official government line is that no such connection existed. The Prime Minister's Office referred queries on the matter to the Foreign Ministry. Foreign Ministry spokesman Arye Mekel said: "We know nothing about it. We have nothing to say." Kadish was charged in a US District Court in Manhattan with four counts of conspiracy, including allegations that he disclosed US national defense documents to Israel and acted as an agent of the Israeli government.
At a court hearing Tuesday afternoon, Kadish, who was wearing black sweatpants, was released on a $300,000 property bond. He was required to surrender his passport and can travel only in New Jersey and southern Manhattan. A potential preliminary hearing is set for May 22. The US would update Israel on Kadish's arrest, State Department spokesman Tom Casey said after Kadish was taken in. This was "not the kind of behavior" the US expected from its friends and allies, Casey said, adding that today was no different to when the Jonathan Pollard case exploded, more than twenty years ago. The Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem stated that the details of the event were still being studied. A senior Israeli source told Reuters he found it hard to believe that after the Jonathan Pollard affair, Israel would use another spy. Ron Olive, a former US official who worked on the Pollard case, told the weekly Newsweek magazine, that the man identified in the FBI document
submitted to the court as "Co-Conspirator 1 [CC-1]," the man who allegedly handled both Kadish and Jonathan Pollard, was most probably Yosef Yagur, a former official of Israeli Aircraft Industries who served from 1980 to 1985 as science adviser at the Israeli consulate in New York. Olive, who was the Navy Criminal Investigative Service investigator in charge of the Pollard spy inquiry, said the person described in the new FBI documents as Kadish's handler "has got to be" Yagur. "There's no doubt it's him," Olive says. He added that he identified Yagur as Pollard's handler in his book Capturing Jonathan Pollard. In 1986 Yagur was also identified as one of Pollard's Israeli handlers in a US Justice Department sentencing memorandum. However, US officials said that at this point evidence suggested the classified material that Kadish allegedly supplied to Israel was far less important or voluminous than the boxes full of highly secret material supplied to the Israelis by
Pollard, who worked at sensitive Navy intelligence bases in the Washington area. Pollard had clearances for top secret and even more highly classified material, including some of the most sensitive US counterterrorism information. According to the FBI complaint, Kadish was never cleared for information higher than the "secret" level.
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