Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 20, 1988 · Page 14
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 14

Logansport, Indiana
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Sunday, March 20, 1988
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Page Iran-Contra Changed U.S.-Israel Relationship WASHINGTON (AP) - The tangied, complicated and close relationship between the United States and Israel is underscored by developments in the Iran-Contra affair and the Iraqi oil pipeline deal, which converged in November 1985. By coincidence, that mont also saw a serious rift in U.S.-Israeli relations when Jonathan Jay Pollard, a counterterrorism expert at the Naval Investigative Service was arrested as a spy for Israel. An examination of what led up to the events of November 1985 provides insight into the relationship between Israel and the United States and the interaction between officials from the two countries. Two independent counsels, James McKay and Lawrence Walsh, are investigating the Iraqi pipeline proposal and the Iran-Contra affair, respectively. They have begun to share information in a search for links between the cases. What is clear is that at least two of the same people dealt with both cases; private citizens used their friendships with government officials to make money, and international policy was affected by business interests. At the same time that Israelis were shipping U.S.-made weapons to Iran in an effort to free American hostages in Lebanon, businessmen were enlisting friends at the highest levels of both governments to guarantee the safety of a proposed Iraq oil pipeline from Israeli bombing attacks. Late in the year, the Israelis gave White House aide Oliver L. North free rein over $850,000 in excess profit from the Iranian arms sales. Most of that money went to the Nicaraguan Contras, according to a congressional report. Here is a loose chronology: On November 21,1985, North worked franticaily in his National Security Council office to sort out foul-ups in the plan to have Israel ship 80 Hawk missiles to Iran as part of a deal to release six American hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon. Desperate for help, he called his boss, Robert C. McFarlane, then national security adviser, the State Department and the CIA. The Israelis had flown the first batch of U.S.-made weapons to Tehran in late August, leading to freedom for hostage Benjamin Weir in Septe ber. Details for future shipments were ironed out by North and Amiram Nir, an aide to Shimon Peres, then Israel's prime minister. Handling operational details on the Israeli side was Adolph Schwimmer, an arms dealer, founder of Israel Aircraft Industries and one of Peres' closest friends. President Reagan had given his blessing to the project. On Nov. 22, an Iranian middleman transferred $24 million — payment for 80 Hawks — into Swiss bank accounts controlled by an Israeli intermediary. North had ordered Schwimmer to place $1 million in a Lake Resources account run by private businessmen working with North. The money was to cover transportation costs of flying the missiles from Israel to Iran. Ultimately, only 18 of the 80 Hawks were flown to Tehran on Nov. 24. Shipments were halted because the Iranians complained they had been cheated on the kind of missiles sent to them; no hostages were released. Because only 18 Hawks were delivered, more than $800,000 remained in bank accounts under North's supervision. That money was spent on the Nicaraguan Contras — the first diversion of money to the rebels, and it appears to derive from Israeli funds, a congressional report on the Iran-Contra affair says. "North testified that in early 1986 he told the Israelis that the money had been used 'for the purpose of the Contras' and they acquiesced," the report said. The Israelis said North told them Dec. 6,1985, that he intended to use proceeds from the Iran arms sales to help the Contras. American investigators have been unable to question Israeli officials face-to-face about the Iran-Contra case. Yossi Gal, a spokesman at the Israeli Embassy, did not return telephone calls asking about the diversion. The Israelis gave the congressional Iran-Contra committees written chronologies, but no one was interviewed in person. Walsh has not been able to question Israelis, either. About the time the missiles were en route to Iran, another project that involved Israel and the United States came to a boil: the proposal by the Bechtel Group Inc. and Swiss businessman Bruce Rappaport to build a $1 billion, 540-mile pipeline to run from Iraq's Kirkuk oil fields to the Jordanian port of Aqaba. The route ran near the Israeli border. Rappaport, who has a relationship with Peres that goes back 45 years, had hired as his attorney, E. Robert Wallach, a San Franciscan with close ties to Attorney General Edwin Meese. On Sept. 19,1985, four days after hostage Weir was freed, Peres wrote Meese asking the attorney general to advise Secretary of State George P. Shultz about Israel's interest in the pipeline. Promoters of the project planned to pay Israel to keep Jerusalem from bombing the pipeline in the territory of its enemy, Iraq. A week later, Wallach wrote Meese about Rappaport's purported arrangement to pay Israel — and Peres' Labor Party. The debt apparently involved Israel's role in freeing Weir, the memo said. Rappaport "indicates that Peres emphatically indicated that the release of Weir was a result of the state of Israel, and no one else," Wallach wrote. In his memo, Wallach says "there is a feeling that the U.S. 'owes' and that the accomplishment of this project, as outlined in my memo, is appropriate." Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, IOGANSPORT METAL CULVERT CO., INC. Hwy. 24 W. 753-5157 Keep Cleaning Agents Out Of Reach! POISON- PROOF YOUR HOME CASS COUNTY CHILDREN'S HOME 1339 Pleasant Hill Logansport 753-3927 KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE! AAA Chicago Motor Club AAA Travel Agency Logansport Mall 753-5108 Help Save Our Kids. Prated LOGANSPORT ACAf 419 E. Market Logansport ENGINEERING AGGREGATES CORP. 1. Keep household products and medicines out of reach and out of sight of children, preferably is a locked cabinet or ctoset. Even if you must leave the room for only an instant, remove the container to a safe spot. 2. Store medicines separately from other household products and keep these items in their original containers-never in cups or soft-drink bottles. 3. Be sure that all products :;v are properly labeled, and read the label before using. Protect Our Future By Keeping Poison Locked Awoy. Never transfer any substance whether it is poisonous or not - into an unlabelled container Never encourage children to take their tablets or medicines by pretending that you or they are taking sweets. Never keep unused drugs or medicines from a previous prescription. CHASE CENTER HEALTH FA CILJTIES "orner of Smith & Commerce St. 753-4)37 EAGLES CLUB No.323 20 IS. 6th St. Logansport 722-9800 Keep Poisons Locked Away! 4. Always turn the light on ,. when giving or taking %,. medicine, S.Since children tend to imitate adults-avoid taking j medications in their pre% sence. B.Refer to medicines by their proper names. They >;,, are not candies. S witches, INC Ik FEDERAL-MOGUL COMPANY Be Aware-Protect Our Little Ones! The Property Shop 96 E. Market St. Logansport 722-2455 BEACHLER'S FOOD SHOP 910-21st St. Logansport 753-3786 Protect our kids NAMI The finest in bran dryers .VCRYftP &RCA. Eostgate Plaza 72: 7. Clean out your medicine cabinet periodically. Get rid '•*; ',;, of old medicines by '":• flushing them down the drain, rinsing the container in water and then discard'"'• v, ing It. RESTAURANTS 3423 U.S. Hwy. 24 E. Logansport 722-3002 Help Protect The Children Of Our Future. Keep Poisons Out Of Reach! COLE HARDWOOD, INC. US 24 W. 753-3478 Protect Our Future! KESLING DRUGS US 24W at Wheatland Ave. One of Loganland's most complete drug stores Open 365 days a year 8:30 AM- 10 PM FREE DELIVERY 753-6111 Merry Manor, Inc. It's the wyvie care 24 Hr. Professional Nursing Care. 200-26th St., Logansport 722-4006 Keep Chemicals Out of Reach! Our Children Are Our Future So Protect Them! BEN DENNY Heating & Cooling WILLIAMSON 24 Hour Service 753-6718 Be Poison Smart- Think Ahead! MOOSE LODGE U.S.Hwy. 35S.E. Logansport 753-4404 Keep Our Kids Safe. Keep Poisons Under Lock & Key 4' .<>•* HOWTO PREVENT PLANT POISONING ;,.''" 1, Know the names of your house and garden plants •' and which ones are ; poisonous. ,/ ,/" 2. Teach your children /f never to put plants, plant parts, berries or mushrooms in their mouth. ^ 3. Put poisonous house ./f plants, bulbs and seeds up / high where children cannot f reach them. V.F.W. 1023 Erie Ave. Logansport 722-9879 Keep Your Poisons Out of Reach & Out of Sight! GRABLE VAULT COMPANY 322 Highland St. 753-4514 "An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure." '• 4. Do not think a plant is , non-poisonous because ,/ birds and other animals eat / »• t 5. Cooking plants does not always kill poisons in the plant. Dr. Ronald C. Brown Doctor of Chiropractic 4415 US Hwy 24 E. Protect Our Little Ones / 6. Never eat a wild plant f unless positive of its identity. In cases of suspected plant poisoning, call your Logansport Savings & Loan 723 E. Broadway 722-3855 BE A WARE... CAKE! doctor or your nearest Poison Control Center. 7. Always have a bottle of Syrup of Ipecac at home. Your Poison Center or doctor will instruct you how to use it. 8. Keep a sample of the plant. CAMELOT CARE CENTER 1555 Commerce M. Children Are So Special-Protect Their Future OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 24 HOURS FOR YOUR SHOPPING CONVENIENCE KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE! Sure, we're < day, 7 days a \ how it always fe morning. Family Res *-^ In (rental At Waffle House use prescription dr Cok CO BOT L Keep Poi

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