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Jewish World Review Sept. 1, 2004 / 15 Elul 5764

Shadow on the Alliance

By Jonathan Tobin

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A bizarre allegation with sinister overtones overshadows the real fight against terror

https://www.jewishworldreview.com | One of the major foreign-policy themes of this week's news cycle should have been the strength of the alliance between Israel and the United States.

Remarks made Monday night at the Republican National Convention by former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani linked terrorist attacks on Israel down through the years. He rightly cited the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre and the continued perfidy of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and linked them to the Sept. 11 assault on America.

These words should have resonated even more after the following day's carnage in Beersheva, Israel, when a double terrorist bus bombing took the lives of at least 16 innocent Israeli men, women and children, and wounded 100 more.

But instead of focusing on the common fight against Islamic terrorists and the common threat to both countries from a terror sponsor, such as Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, something else seemed to dominate conversations in Washington and elsewhere: Accusations that an Israeli "mole" — as some headlines put

it — was operating in the Department of Defense.

The shocking allegations were leaked first to CBS News on Friday night and then spread across the media. By Sunday, the alleged "mole" was revealed to be a non-Jewish, low-level official who had also worked as a defense attaché at the American embassy in Israel. The alleged middleman was supposedly someone at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pre-eminent pro-Israel lobby.

But even as the charges echoed throughout the country, serious questions about the credibility of the charges and their seriousness were being raised.

If the Feds were really hot on the trail of an Israeli "spy" and had the goods on him, why would they run to Leslie Stahl of CBS (and, subsequently, journalists at Newsweek, The New York Times, etc.) instead of acting quietly, getting an indictment and arresting the miscreants?

Was the case about to fizzle for lack of proof or substance, and was a media splash the best way to keep a specious charge alive?

Why would so many characterize the case as one involving "spying" when what was supposedly involved was not intelligence material, but merely the discussion of a draft of a rejected policy paper urging stronger action against Iran?

Why would Israel need to spy on the United States to get information on Iran policy when it is well-known that a large percentage of Washington's intelligence on Iran comes from Israel? The initial CBS report claimed that the "mole" got Israel "inside the decision-making loop." But the Israelis already have access to this discussion at the very top of the Washington food chain.

Why would Israel do anything that might undermine the Bush administration's extremely supportive posture toward the Jewish state? And why would AIPAC be a party to anything that might tarnish its standing in Washington?

There may be good answers to all these questions. We'll have to see if the subsequent leaks, which promised imminent charges and arrests, prove to be more than hot air.

But the bottom line here is that all of this remains extremely suspicious, especially at a time when relations between some in the intelligence apparatus and the Department of Defense are so shaky. And considering the smears that have been put about against the office of Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith — and other "neoconservatives" who advocated for the ouster of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and a tougher policy toward Iran — one has to wonder. The coming weeks may reveal that someone did something wrong and deserves to be punished for breaking the law. But if what we are talking about is little more than the routine sharing of opinions (over lunch, no less) about policy that goes on everywhere in Washington, is this worthy of a yearlong investigation?

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Doesn't this story, based solely on anonymous sources, sound more like the canards about the Jews in the administration manipulating America into a war that were pushed by extremists, rather than a solid story that journalists can back up on their own?

None of it makes much sense except for the subsequent anonymous claims from those close to the investigation that the publicity will hurt their ability to follow through on the case. That seems like a convenient way to alibi their way out of pursuing a case that may be much ado about almost nothing.

What also makes sense is that there are many people in Washington who want desperately to cut AIPAC down to size, and wouldn't flinch from smearing them, and a possibly innocent public servant, to do that.

For years, the great "power" of AIPAC to help Israel in the capital has been a legend, but the truth is their power is a function of nothing more than an efficient organization, hard work and a good cause that has the overwhelming bipartisan support of both the Congress and the American people.

Another plain fact is that there are some in the intelligence apparatus, the State Department and the media who would like to separate Israel and the United States. They are uncomfortable with the willingness of the Bush administration to tell the truth about Arafat and to go farther toward supporting Israel than their predecessors.

And there's another point that must be raised here. A terrible mistake committed by Israel 20 years ago lends some credibility to even a wild story like this tale — the Jonathan Pollard affair.

The saga of Pollard has gone on so long that it has assumed almost mythic proportions among his supporters and detractors. But no matter how you approach it, the mere fact that an American Jewish employee of the U.S. Navy was paid by Israel to hand over vast stores of intelligence materials will always make Israel guilty until proven innocent in the eyes of some.

Pollard's life sentence may have been excessive, and no purpose may be served by keeping him in jail after 19 years in prison, but the damage he and his feckless Israeli handlers did to the alliance lives on.

In spite of all this, the bottom line remains that, whether some in Washington want to admit it or not, America and Israel are fighting a common war against common foes. As Guiliani said, "terrorism did not start on Sept. 11, 2001."

Both Israel and the United States need to stay, as Guiliani said, "on offense," against the murderers, and anything anyone does that distracts from that task is a grave disservice to the dead and to those who will pay with their lives for our failure to continue to act aggressively against a determined enemy.

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