TEL AVIV (Feb. 5)
Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin said Wednesday night that the report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence investigating the Iran arms sales scandal was “highly inaccurate” and “reached the wrong conclusions regarding Israel’s role” in the arms sales to Iran and the transfer of its proceeds to the Nicaraguan rebels known as Contras. He said he had personally categorically rejected an appeal by a ranking White House aide for Israel to become involved with the Contras in any way.
“A report was issued by the Senate Intelligence Subcommittee. I think this is a highly inaccurate report, faulty, and hence it arrives at erroneous conclusions, both with respect to Israel’s part in the actual idea of U.S.-Israeli cooperation in supplying arms to Iran in order to attain the goals we wanted, and with respect to the attribution, even minimally, of some sort of Israeli monetary profit from all the deals that were made, and certainly concerning the initiatives, which I supposedly launched, to give arms to the Contras, when the actual situation was the very opposite.”