The Jerusalem Post
Friday, July 24, 1998
Report: US Slams Israel for Selling Arrow Know-how to India
By Douglas Davis
LONDON (July 24) - The US has delivered a harshly worded letter to Israel, accusing it of violating the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) by selling radar technology associated with the Arrow-2 anti-missile system to India.
According to the London-based newsletter Foreign Report yesterday, American officials also summoned Defense Ministry Director-General Ilan Biran to the US Embassy "in order to vent their anger in person."
The Americans said that although the Arrow itself, as a defensive missile, does not fall under the guidelines of the MTCR, its components may be used in offensive missiles, and sales of this equipment would therefore contravene the MTCR.
The newsletter quotes sources in Washington as saying the US reprimand is a direct outgrowth of the current strained relations between Washington and Jerusalem and places hitherto suppressed US grievances into the public agenda.
Israeli sources have retorted that the US complaint is "hypocritical," the newsletter says.
They reportedly assert that Washington is seeking to inhibit Israeli defense exports for "purely selfish reasons" - to allow US defense contractors to export technology which the US prohibits Israel from selling.
Defense Ministry spokesman Dan Weinreich did not return phone calls seeking comment last night.
Col. Browne, India's military attache, denied the report.
"It's complete nonsense," he said. "I don't know anything about it."
The Clinton administration said generous US funding for the Arrow project prevents Israel from exporting any of its components without prior approval from Washington.
The Israeli sources, however, insist that the Arrow's radar was fully developed before the Americans started contributing to the system.
The newsletter also reported that the head of Russia's security service, Nikolai Kovalyov, who visited Israel recently with senior aides, promised to do everything possible to block the leak of nuclear weapons technology to Iran or any other country.
During his visit Kovalyov reported on two incidents in 1997, the newsletter said.
The first involved an Iranian diplomat who was arrested in Moscow trying to buy materials for use in missiles.
The second involved a member of an Iranian military delegation who was expelled after trying to obtain documents about avionics technology.
Kovalyov, however, was less forthcoming about two other incidents, the newsletter reported.
The first involved two government employees who were jailed for trying to sign an agreement for the sale of a missile navigation system to a "foreign company;" the second concerned a man who was arrested in St. Petersburg for trying to smuggle out of Russia "ingredients for the production of a non-conventional weapon."