«Alle» i Israel står steinhardt på at det ikke finnes noen israelsk spion i Bush-administrasjonen. Zeev Schiff setter anklagen inn i den større sagaen om forholdet mellom Israel og CIA.
Først Pollard: Denne saken forgiftet forholdet mellom Israel og amerikansk etterretning i lang tid.
After the Pollard affair, Israel has made very sure that not even the slightest suspicion would arise that it is gathering information contrary to American laws. An extreme example was the claim that Israel passed on secret information to China about the Patriot missiles it bought in the U.S. For that, Israel invited an American investigative team and after great efforts, no proof was found.
Nevertheless, U.S. intelligence doggedly refused Israel’s demand that it publish a retraction of the charge and that the investigation found the suspicions groundless.
The insistence came from American considerations of prestige with regard to its sources and the quality of its information. Over time, Israel came to believe one of the U.S. sources was Taiwanese intelligence, which focuses closely on China.
Likevel skriver amerikanske medier idag som om det er hold i storyen om Larry Franklin. Han skal være observert i møte mellom AIPAC og israelske kontakter.
Schiff antyder at ett motiv kan være ønske om å diskreditere neocons før valget. De har ettertrykkelig fått på pukkelen for sitt Irak-eventyr.
The timing of the affair’s exposure is connected with the U.S. election campaign and the struggle against the group of neoconservatives in the administration, who are accused of leading President Bush to war with Iraq.
Israel has noticed that relations between the CIA and the Mossad had begun to cool. Senior Israeli and American officials say the chill may have a number of causes. One might have been the leaking of secret material the Americans had given to Israel – for example, leaks from Israel about Libya’s nuclear activity.
Another reason mentioned in the U.S. was the refusal of Mossad to pass on information on various topics to the CIA. This could not be verified by Israeli sources.
Israel, on the other hand, senses a refusal by the CIA to cooperate at a certain level on al-Qaida terrorism in East Africa, and even in their oddly ignoring an Israeli suggestion that non-conventional weapons were hidden outside Iraq. These are two issues of great interest to the U.S.
A third reason for the chill in the relationship was the claim that since Meir Dagan was appointed head of the Mossad, the personal relationship between the heads of the two intelligence services has faltered.
Israeli sources knowledgable about the CIA say that unlike other American intelligence organizations, the CIA has political differences of opinion with Israel about the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The CIA sees Israel as disruptive in American efforts to improve its relations with the Arabs. The CIA also argues that Israel is a bad influence on improving relations between Washington and Damascus. It’s not surprising the CIA was the first to charge that Israel has an agent in the Pentagon – an accusation Israel says is entirely baseless.