US JEWS WOR­RIED BY THE FBI’S FO­CUS ON ‘JEWISH SPIES’

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - MARTIN SI­EFF

The ar­rest of Mr Nozette — who claimed his par­ents were Jewish — in a “sting” op­er­a­tion has fu­elled con­cern amongst US Jews that they are be­ing tar­geted by the FBI as po­ten­tial spies for Is­rael.

Since the Pol­lard af­fair in 1984, Is­rael has main­tained it does not spy on the US. But just six months ago, for­mer se­nior Aipac staffers Steve Rosen and Keith Weiss­man were fi­nally re­leased when a judge dis­missed the US gov­ern­ment’s case that they had been in­volved in leak­ing classified in­for­ma­tion to Is­rael.

“What I find trou­bling is that our gov­ern­ment seems only in­ter­ested in in­ves­ti­gat­ing peo­ple who are con­nected to Is­rael,” Abra­ham Fox­man, di­rec­tor of the An­tiDefama­tion League, told NY Jewish Week. “It plays into the hands of those who say Jews or those con­nected to Is­rael are dis­loyal.”

How­ever, a fed­eral se­cu­rity source de­nied that they are sin­gling out po­ten­tial Is­raeli es­pi­onage threats. The FBI, which has prime re­spon­si­bil­ity for counter-in­tel­li­gence in the do­mes­tic United States, takes the threat of Rus­sian and Chi­nese es­pi­onage es­pe­cially se­ri­ously, they said.

US in­tel­li­gence sources said that dur­ing the six-year in­cum­bency of strongly pro-Is­rael de­fence sec­re­tary Don­ald Rums­feld, there was wide­spread re­sent­ment in US mil­i­tary cir­cles at the lib­erty Is­raeli mil­i­tary of­fi­cials en­joyed in their deal­ings with the Depart­ment of De­fence. Martin Si­eff is a Chief Global An­a­lyst for ‘The Globalist’

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

Ste­wart Nozette, mid­dle, who was ac­cused this week of try­ing to sell classified se­crets to Is­rael, holds a photo of the moon’s south pole dur­ing a Pen­tagon brief­ing about the dis­cov­ery of wa­ter on the moon in 1996. He was in­stru­men­tal in the dis­cov­ery.

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