- (EIRNS) - The Dec. 4 edition of Executive Intelligence
Review's Executive Alert Service provided the first public exposure of
the presence of hostile Israeli intelligence teams on U.S. soil prior to
the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon,
and mooted Israeli foreknowledge of the attacks. On Dec. 12, Fox News
provided a more detailed account of the ongoing U.S. government probe of
Israeli operations directed against the United States. Both items appear
- The following item was reported in the EIR Executive
Alert Service, Dec. 4:
- A Sharon spy network in the Americas?
- A well-placed Washington source has alerted EIR that
there is growing suspicion among U.S. government law enforcement and intelligence
agencies that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has dispatched special
operations teams into North America. The warning came in the context of
a discussion about the recent deportation of five Israelis who were detained
on Sept. 11 for suspicious behavior. The five men were on a rooftop in
Hoboken, N.J., looking across the Hudson River at the World Trade Center
as it was going up in flames, and police were alerted. The five men were
all in the U.S. on expired visas. They worked for a local moving company.
- A New York Times story on Nov. 21 reported on the deportation
of the men, noting, "The five were asked to take polygraph tests before
being allowed to leave. But Paul Kurtzberg refused on principle to divulge
much about his role in the Israeli Army or subsequent work for people who
may have had ties to Israeli intelligence." Kurtzberg's attorney,
Steven Noah Gordon, said that his clients eventually all agreed to the
polygraph exams. One of Kurtzberg's interrogations lasted seven hours.
The other four Israelis are Oded Ellner, Omer Gavriel Marmari, Sivan Kurzberg,
and Yaron Shmuel.
- The Times noted that two Israelis are also being detained
in Cleveland, both of whom had just completed their service in the Israeli
Defense Forces. At least 50 Israelis have been held since Sept. 11, and
most are still in detention in San Diego, Houston, Kansas City, St. Louis,
New York, and Cleveland.
- In what may prove to be a related development, Mexican
authorities arrested two Israeli men on Oct. 10, as they attempted to enter
the Legislative Palace in Mexico City, armed with 9-mm pistols, nine grenades,
explosives, three detonators, and 58 bullets. The two men, Salvador Gersson
Smike and Sar Ben Zui, were wrestled to the ground by a group of Mexican
workers, and were then detained by the Attorney General's office, according
to Cronica de Hoy, a Mexico City daily newspaper. According to Cronica,
Smike is a retired Israeli military officer who has become a naturalized
Mexican citizen, and Zui is an Israeli citizen. According to Cronica of
Oct. 13, the Israeli embassy in Mexico City confirmed that Sar Ben Zui
is an Israeli citizen. They said that no visas are required for Israelis
to enter Mexico, and the embassy does not monitor Israeli visitors to the
- Dec. 12 (EIRNS) -- DID ISRAELI SPIES INSIDE THE U.S.
HAVE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE OF THE SEPT. 11 ATTEMPTED COUP D'ETAT? is the question
raised by the Dec. 12 article in Fox News Channel by reporter Carl Cameron.
- The following article by Fox, printed here in full, should
be read from the informed vantage point of EIR's reports of discussions
with well-placed U.S. sources who had indicated that there has been an
ongoing investigation of Israeli espionage against the U.S., before, during
and after the Sept. 11 attempted coup d'etat. At the end of November, we
reported that the more than 60 Israelis detained in the U.S. were members
of secret Sharon commando units.
- "Suspected Israeli Spies Held by U.S." Wednesday,
December 12, 2001 By Carl Cameron
- WASHINGTON (Fox News Channel) Some 60 Israelis, who
federal investigators have said are part of a long-running effort to spy
on American government officials, are among the hundreds of foreigners
detained since the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Fox News has learned.
- The Israelis, a handful of whom are described as active
Israeli military or intelligence operatives, have been detained on immigration
charges or under the new Patriot Anti-Terrorism Law. Federal investigators
said some of them failed polygraph questions inquiring about alleged surveillance
activities against and in the United States. There is no indication the
Israelis were involved in the Sept. 11 attacks, but investigators suspect
that they may have gathered intelligence about the attacks in advance and
not shared it.
- A highly placed investigator told Fox News there are
"tie-ins," but when asked for details flatly refused to describe
them. "Evidence linking these Israelis to 9-11 is classified, I cannot
tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It is classified information,"
the source said.
- An Israeli Embassy spokesman offered categorical denials,
and said any suggestion of Israelis spying on or in the United States is
simply not true. But Fox News has learned that one group of Israelis spotted
in North Carolina recently is suspected of keeping an apartment in California
to spy on a group of Arabs who the U.S. authorities are investigating for
links to terrorism.
- Numerous classified documents obtained by Fox News indicate
that even prior to Sept. 11, as many as 140 other Israelis had been detained
or arrested in a secretive and sprawling investigation into suspected espionage
by Israelis in the United States.
- Investigators from numerous government agencies are part
of a working group that has been compiling evidence in the case since the
mid-1990s. These documents detail hundreds of incidents in cities and towns
across the country that investigators say, quote, "may well be an
organized intelligence-gathering activity."
- Investigators are focusing part of their efforts on Israelis
who said they are art students from the University of Jerusalem or Bezalel
Academy and repeatedly made contact with U.S. government personnel by saying
they wanted to sell cheap art or handiwork.
- Documents say they "targeted" and penetrated
military bases, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau
of Investigations, dozens of government facilities and even secret offices
and unlisted private homes of law enforcement and intelligence personnel.
- Another part of the investigation has resulted in the
detention and arrest of dozens of Israelis working at kiosks in American
malls, where they had been selling toys called "Puzzlecar" and
- Investigators suspected a front. Shortly after the New
York Times and Washington Post reported the detentions of Israelis on immigration
charges last month, the carts began vanishing.
- Why would Israelis spy in and on the United States? A
General Accounting Office investigation referred to Israel as Country A
and said, "According to a U.S. intelligence agency, the government
of country A conducts the most aggressive espionage operation against the
U.S. of any U.S. ally."
- A Defense Intelligence report said Israel has a "voracious
appetite for information."
- "The Israelis are motivated by strong survival instincts
which dictate every fact of their political and economic policies,"
the DIA report said. "It aggressively collects military and industrial
technology and the U.S. is a high priority target. "Israel possesses
the resources and technical capability to achieve its collection objectives,"
the document concludes."
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