Report: US Document on China Deal Disappeared

Published July 7th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A 1995 letter from the United States government protesting Israel's sale of the Phalcon spy plane to China disappeared from Israel's Defense Ministry's archives and all attempts to locate it have proved unsuccessful, reported Haaretz newspaper. 

The Americans insist that an official protest, in both oral and written form, was delivered to David Ivry, who was then the director-general of Israel's defense ministry and is at present Israel's ambassador to the United States, said the paper, adding that Ivry said he has no recollection of receiving a written protest, said Haaretz. 

The investigation into the case of the missing letter began when a joint mission of the US state department and the Israel's defense department held talks in Israel last month in connection with the Phalcon deal.  

In a meeting held in the defense ministry, the head of the state departments' bureau of political-military affairs Eric Newsom, reading from a document, spelled out Washington's position on the deal in 1995, said the paper. 

He noted that after Israel told the administration about the plane deal, a letter of protest had been conveyed to Ivry via the US embassy in Israel, said Haaretz.  

The Israeli officials noted, however, that they knew nothing about the protest letter mentioned by Newsom, said the paper – 


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