JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir conceded today that the U.S. arms Israel shipped to Iran might be used against Israeli soldiers. But he said Israel's role in the deal was "a sustainable risk."
Israel radio, meanwhile, said the FBI may want to question four Israelis reportedly involved in the operation: David Kimche, the Foreign Ministry's former director general; Amiram Nir, the prime minister's adviser on counter-terrorism, and private arms merchants Al Schwimmer and Yaacov Nimrodi.
"We are always ready to cooperate with the United States," an Israeli official said, adding that no such request had been made.
Shamir said that in considering the U.S. request to send arms to Iran, policy-makers had foreseen the possibility that the weapons could find their way to south Lebanon, where Iranian-backed guerrillas are fighting Israel and an Israeli-backed Lebanese militia.