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    No other country could even attempt to twist and manipulate the United States as does Israel.  But then this is the same country that attached a U.S. military ship in 1967, killing many, and to this day refuses to pay up.  This is the same country that used an American Jewish U.S. Navy employee to spy on the U.S.'s most top secret affairs.  Indeed, this is the same country that has given us everything from Deir Yassin to the Lavon Affair to the Liberty Ship to Jonathan Pollard -- and of course what we don't yet know is for sure far far more than this.
   Now we also know about Israel and China.  Having gotten away with everything else the Israelis assume they can get away with this too.  Indeed, the cowardly and hypocritical Congress of the United States is also "occupied Israeli territory".

           By Eric S. Margolis

The first-ever visit by a Chinese head of state to Israel last week seemed
at first glance rather curious. China, a longtime political and military
supporter of the Arabs and Iran, used to denounce Israel as a `running dog
of US imperialism'   and `a racist-fascist state?' So what was President
Jiang Zemin doing hobnobbing in Israel?

Jiang had two objectives: a. deepen the secret 20-year military
relationship between China and Israel; b. by openly befriending Israel,
counteract growing anti-Chinese feeling in Congress that threatens both
China's exports to the US, and its admission to the World Trade
Organization. . .

The normally pro-Israeli Clinton Administration,  however, is not pleased.
 William Cohen, the US Secretary of Defense, recently unleashed an
unprecedented public blast at Israel for selling advanced military
technology to China that  could threaten American forces in the event of a
clash with China over Taiwan.

Cohen demanded Israel cancel the US $1-2 billion sale of 3-5 AWACS airborne
radar aircraft to China. Israel refused, though it may only sell China one
of the Russian aircraft equipped with an Israeli `Phalcon' advanced
radar/electronic warfare system, developed from the US  `Hawkeye' AWACS
system, at least until the heat subsides

 Former  CIA Director James Woolsey testified Israel has covertly sold
`several billions' of dollars worth of top-secret US technology to Israel
since 1983.  The Inspector General of the US State Department found, in a
1992 report, a `systematic and growing pattern' of Israel selling American
military technology in direct violation of US law.  That report concluded
Israel was supplying arms based on restricted American technology to China,
Chile, Ethiopia, and South Africa, all of whom then under US arms embargo.

The Pentagon has claimed since the mid-1980's that Israel simply copies or
reverse engineers secret US defense technology and then exports it - even
on occasion, its is whispered, to Russia.  Until now, Israel's influential
friends on Capital Hill managed to downplay or cover up these  serious

The transfer of billions worth of advanced US military technology to
Israel,  under the innocuous title of `Technical Data Packages,'  was
arranged by Israel's American supporters, beginning in 1970. This massive
infusion of secret US weapons and electronics technology- the largest ever
to another nation -  allowed Israel to develop state-of-the art military
industries that exported some $1.5-2 billion annually (40% of its total
exports by the late 1980's), and which  became the nation's largest
employer. Israel is now the world's sixth largest arms exporter.  In some
cases, Israel improved on US weapons and electronics systems.

Pentagon sources charge Israel `backdoored'  US technology to China for the
Patriot AA missile, other surface-to-air missiles; the PL-8 air-to-air
missiles; C-802 anti-ship missiles; advanced composite tank armor and tank
guns; aircraft avionics and ground radar systems; and the J-10 fighter,
which is based on secret US technology used in Israel's cancelled `Lavi'
fighter.  Israel denies these charges. A Pentagon investigation of the
Patriot sale, cleared Israel. Critics charged it did so under intense
political pressure from Israel's supporters.

Israel insists its high-tech arms exports are all 100% of Israeli origin.
But American defense claim the Israelis often only make minor modifications
to basic US-supplied technology and weapons, then sell them clandestinely.
Israeli intelligence agents are known to have targeted specific advanced US
defense technology.

Israel has also sold considerable quantities of arms, electronics, and US
technology to Taiwan, including a reverse-engineered US Lance missile, and
 anti-ship missiles. Singapore is another major recipient of Israeli arms
and discreetly co-produces weapons with Israel. Israel has become a major
military supplier to India, including nuclear weapons and missile

Ironically,  some of Israel's arms and technology sales have returned to
haunt the Jewish state. This column learned in 1994 that nuclear technology
Israel had bartered for enriched uranium to South Africa, was resold by
South Africa to Iraq in exchange for oil.  Iraq's infant nuclear program,
 designed as a counter-force to Israel's nuclear arms, thus originated, in
part, from Israel.  Missile technology sold by Israel to China found its
way into tactical missiles sold by China to Iran, Syria, and Iraq, and,
reportedly, into CSS-2 ballistic missiles sold by China to Saudi Arabia.

American defense and state department officials are furious at Israel for
so flagrantly violating the US embargo of high-tech arms to China,
particularly  as tensions between Washington and Beijing rise. There have
even been angry demands in Congress for the value of the Israeli AWACS
aircraft sold to China to be deducted from the $3-5 billion in aid Israel
receives annually from the US.  Fears are being expressed that US
technology for Israel's new `Arrow' anti-missile system, developed with
nearly $1 billion in US aid, may also be sold to China.

Israelis claim their weapons sales to China motivate Beijing to keep a
leash on its ally, North Korea, which, says Israelis, ships missiles to
Iran and the Arabs.   Russia remains China's main arms supplier.  Sales by
Israel keep Russia and China apart, say Israeli partisans. Nonsense,
retorts the Pentagon. But in an election year, New York City is far more
important than China. So Israel will probably only get its wrists slapped -
if that.

`WAR AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD - The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir, and
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