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Israel Government Statement on the Pollard Affair

(December 1, 1985)

As the Pollard affair gathered momentum, the Israel government issued a statement in which it assured the U.S. that "spying on the U.S. stands in total contradiction to our policy." It also said that the unit, which activated Pollard, the Scientific Liaison Bureau (Lekem), will be "completely and permanently disbanded " Text:

At the cabinet meeting today the prime minister made the following statement regarding the alleged spy case:

The Government of Israel is determined to spare no effort in investigating this case thoroughly and completely and in uncovering all the facts to the last detail no matter where the trail may lead. The full inquiry is still incomplete, and therefore the Government of Israel is not yet in possession of all the facts; but the inquiry is progressing vigorously.

The Government of Israel assures the Government of the United States that in the wake of the inquiry, if the allegations are confirmed those responsible will be brought to account, the unit involved in this activity will be completely and permanently dismantled, and necessary organizational steps will be taken to ensure that such activities are not repeated.

Our relations with the United States are based on solid foundations of deep friendship, close affinity and mutual trust. Spying on the U.S. stands in total contradiction to our policy. Such activity to the extent that it did take place was wrong and the government of Israel apologizes.

For the time being we have nothing further to say on this issue.

Source: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs