August 20, 1987 |
The Israeli official who headed the espionage operation that bought U.S. military secrets from Jonathan Jay Pollard broke his silence Wednesday and said he acted with approval from his superiors. The statement by Rafael (Rafi) Eitan conflicted with parliamentary findings that the Pollard case was a "rogue operation" conducted without the knowledge or approval of senior government figures.
October 21, 2010 |
As convicted spy Jonathan Pollard approaches 25 years behind bars, Israelis and others are renewing efforts to secure freedom for the former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, who is serving a life sentence for relaying military documents to Israel. Pollard's case has been a source of constant friction between Israel and the United States, its staunchest ally. Israeli leaders have failed to persuade Washington to release the 56-year-old American Jew, whom Israelis and some U.S. officials say was given an unduly long sentence for spying for a friendly government.
March 31, 1987 |
Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir said Monday that the strain in U.S.-Israel relations over the Pollard spy case should ease with the resignation of an Israeli air force colonel accused of recruiting an American Jew to spy for Israel. "Of course, it will make things easier. . . . It's a matter of atmosphere, general attitude," Shamir said in an interview broadcast by Israeli television. Shamir refused to say if he thought the government had made a mistake originally by naming Col.
March 26, 1987 |
A parliamentary subcommittee probing the Jonathan Jay Pollard spy affair here has uncovered evidence of "lies, contradictions and whitewashing" that cast doubt on the government's official description of it as a "rogue" operation, subcommittee sources and the Israeli media reported Wednesday.
June 18, 1990 |
Yitzhak Shamir's new right-wing Cabinet gave former generals Ariel Sharon and Rafael Eitan their biggest say in military policy since both were reprimanded for actions during the 1982 Lebanon invasion. At its first meeting, the Cabinet named Sharon, a former defense minister, and Eitan, chief of staff during the Lebanon invasion, to the 11-man ministerial Defense Committee.
September 24, 1990 |
Israeli Agriculture Minister Rafael Eitan politician called for severe punishment, including widespread house demolitions and deportations, for residents of Bureij refugee camp in the occupied Gaza Strip, where Palestinians killed an Israeli reserve soldier. Bureij has been under curfew since the Thursday incident.