TEL AVIV — Foreign Minister Shimon Peres denied a newspaper report today that the CIA engaged in spy activity against Israel in 1982, and that this prompted Israel to recruit American Jonathan Jay Pollard as a spy.
Peres was referring to a Jerusalem Post account which quoted U.S. Sen. David Durenberger.
The paper quoted the Minnesota Republican as telling a group of American Jews that then-CIA Director William J. Casey "changed the rules of the game" by authorizing spying against Israel during Israel's invasion of Lebanon.
"I am not aware of the existence of a spy as reported today," Peres told an Israel Radio reporter in Tel Aviv.
Source Not Identified
The newspaper's correspondent in Washington, Wolf Blitzer, attributed his information to an unidentified source he said was present when Durenberger spoke at the home of Jewish activist Irwin Levy in Palm Beach, Fla., last Sunday.