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04TELAVIV1413 2004-03-08 13:30:00 SECRET//NOFORN Embassy Tel Aviv
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MEETING OF POST TERRORISM FINANCING WORKING GROUP

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					  S E C R E T SECTION 01 OF 02 TEL AVIV 001413 

SIPDIS

NOFORN

STATE FOR EB/ESC/ESP, S/CT, INL/C, NEA/IPA AND EB ASSISTANT
SECRETARY ANTHONY WAYNE

SIPDIS
TREASURY FOR GENERAL COUNSEL DAVID AUFHAUSER
OPERATION GREEN QUEST FOR MARCY FORMAN
JUSTICE FOR DAVID LAUFMAN, OFFICE OF THE
DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL, CRIMINAL DIVISION FOR B. SHWARTZ
FBI FOR TERRORISM FINANCIAL REVIEW GROUP FOR DENNIS LORMEL
NSC FOR J. MYERS
CIA/CTC

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/05/2014
TAGS: EFIN PTER SNAR KWBG IS COUNTERTERRORISM ISRAELI PALESTINIAN AFFAIRS ISRAEL RELATIONS
SUBJECT: MEETING OF POST TERRORISM FINANCING WORKING GROUP

REF: A. TEL AVIV 1392

B. TEL AVIV 2737

C. JERUSALEM 0662

Classified By: Deputy Chief of Mission Richard LeBaron reasons 1.4 (b)
and (d).

This message has been cleared by ConGen Jerusalem.



1. (S//NF) On March 5, the DCM chaired a meeting of mission
officers involved in terrorist financing issues. Post
Economic, Political, FBI, ORCA, and DATT sections
participated in the meeting, updating most recent efforts in
working with the GOI on terrorist financing issues.



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Raid on Banks in Ramallah


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2. (S//NF) Post sections gave an update on recent
information gathered from GOI interlocutors on the much
publicized GOI raid on Palestinian banks in Ramallah last
week. Econ and Legatt reported that they were briefed by the
Shin Bet on March 2 regarding the information and money
confiscated during the raid and details on the situation that
led up to the raid (reftel A). Poloff reported on the
meeting between the Ambassador and the NSC's
Counter-terrorism Chief on March 1 (reftel B) and ORCA gave
on update on information passed to them by their contacts.
DAO reported that the IDF would host a briefing on the raid
for diplomatic defense attaches next week. Econ reported on
the efforts of the Embassy and ConGen Jerusalem to follow-up
on the Palestinian Monetary Authorities (PMA) request to
establish a cooperative dialogue with Israel's Financial
Intelligence Unit (reftel C). Embassy econoff spoke with the
head of the Israeli FIU who has expressed a willingness to
provide technical support to the PMA. ConGen Jerusalem has
passed the Israeli FIU's contact information to the PMA.



3. (C) DCM asked sections to think of ways the USG can work
with the GOI to prevent a situation where the military is
called in to conduct asset seizures. The group agreed that
establishing better communication between the PA and the GOI
on terrorist financing should be a priority and that these
contacts need to be made at the operational and policy level.
After last week's event, the GOI officials told the
Ambassador that they want to establish more effective
communication and in doing so, hope to avoid actions like
last week. DCM asked all sections to think of ways to
improve this dialogue.



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Ongoing Cases


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4. (S) Legatt reported that it is supporting numerous
missions from the FBI and the Dept. of Justice on ongoing
terrorist financing cases. Legatt described cooperation with
the GOI on these cases as excellent and ongoing. All
sections reported hearing from Israeli contacts that funding
directed to Palestinian groups from Hezbollah has increased.
DAO reported that IDF and Ministry of Defense contacts are
drawing parallels between Hezbollah's increased activity in
Israel and in Iraq. DCM asked sections to look into Israeli
reports of Hezbollah using Western Union to move terrorist
funds to Palestinian terrorist groups. FBI indicated that
the Israeli information on these transfers comes from
communication intercepts. DCM advised Legatt should be in
lead regarding Western Union issues.



5. (C) Legatt reported that an FBI team from the U.S. met on
March 4 with the head of the PMA, Amin Haddad, to evaluate
the ability of his organization to assist in ongoing and
future investigations.



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Training and Assistance


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6. (C) On March 3, the FBI hosted a team of investigators,
prosecutors, and regulators from the USG who presented
several seminars to Israeli law enforcement, regulators, the
Israeli FIU, intelligence, military, and other Israeli
security organizations. The team consisted of members of the
Dept. of Justice, the Dept. of Treasury, the FBI, and the
Federal Reserve. The team briefed the Israeli participants
on the use, effectiveness, and challenges of the Patriot Act
in dealing with terrorist financing. The sessions were well
attended by the Israeli community and Israeli interlocutors
said that the sessions were useful.

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