U.S.-ISRAELI RELATIONS

Ben-Ami Kadish (2008)

Materials presented chronologically.

Mikkelsen, Randall. "American Arrested as Nuclear Spy for Israel." Reuters, 22 Apr. 2008. [http://www.reuters.com]

On 22 April 2008, 84-year-old Ben-Ami Kadish was arrested on "four counts of conspiracy and espionage." He is "suspected of giving Israel secrets on nuclear weapons, fighter jets and missiles in the 1980s.... Kadish is a Connecticut-born U.S. citizen who worked as a mechanical engineer at the Army's Picatinny Arsenal in Dover, New Jersey." According to court documents, "Kadish acknowledged his spying in FBI interviews and said he acted to help Israel.... He was accused of reporting to an Israeli government handler who was also a main contact for [Jonathan] Pollard."

Heller, Jeffrey. "Israel Braces for Fallout from U.S. Spy Case." Reuters, 23 Apr. 2008. [http://www.reuters.com]

"Israel was tightlipped on [23 April 2008] over the arrest in the United States" of 84-year-old Ben-Ami Kadish "suspected of providing it with U.S. military secrets in the 1980s." Asked about the charges, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Arye "Mekel declined to comment on the specific allegations, but said that 'since 1985 there have been strict instructions by Israeli prime ministers not to engage in any such activities in the United States.' Mekel added that the instructions 'were fully carried out.'"

Johnson, Carrie. "Man, 84, Is Charged With Spying for Israel in 1980s." Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2008, A4. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to the criminal complaint filed by the FBI on 22 April 2008, Ben-Ami Kadish in the early 1980s passed classified documents from the U.S. Army's research arsenal in Dover, NJ, "to an unnamed Israeli official who had provided a list of what he wanted." Although unnamed in the criminal complaint, Kadish's Israeli handler "has been named in Israeli publications and by a former prosecutor as Yosef Yagur," who "worked as an adviser on science affairs at the Israeli Consulate in New York. Yagur left the United States in November 1985, shortly after Pollard was charged with espionage-related offenses, and has never returned."

Trotta, Daniel, and Randall Mikkelsen. "U.S. Man Pleads Guilty to Acting as Agent for Israel." Reuters, 30 Dec. 2008. [http://www.reuters.com]

On 30 December 2008, Ben-Ami Kadish "pleaded guilty ... to acting as an unregistered agent of Israel and admitted" he gave that country classified documents in the 1980s. Prosecutors say that from 1980 to 1985 "Ben-Ami Kadish provided classified documents, including some relating to U.S. missile defense systems, to an Israeli agent, Yosef Yagur, who photographed the documents at Kadish's residence."

Weiser, Benjamin. "Man, 85, Avoids Jail Time for Giving Military Secrets." New York Times, 30 May 2009. [http://www.nytimes.com]

On 29 May 2009, a federal judge in Manhattan sentenced Ben-Ami Kadish to a $50,000 fine on his guilty plea of "conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of Israel."

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