ACCESSION NUMBER:219239 FILE ID:PO-402 DATE:03/12/92 TITLE:WHITE HOUSE REPORT, THURSDAY,MARCH 12 (03/12/92) TEXT:*92031202.POL WHITE HOUSE REPORT, THURSDAY,MARCH 12 (Israel/Patriots, China, retail sales/the economy) (410) NEWS BRIEFING -- Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater covered the following topics: COMMENT WITHHELD ON PATRIOTS Asked repeatedly about news reports that U.S. intelligence sources fear Israel has transferred Patriot missile technology to China, Fitzwater declined comment, but he cited an Israeli denial stating that it "did not transfer Patriot missiles or missile technology to China" and that "these reports have no basis." He said "that's the only statement we have." According to wire service reports, a spokesman for the Israeli defense ministry branded news reports to the contrary as "lies and totally baseless." Asked if Washington accepts the Israeli version, he said the administration doesn't comment on what it knows about intelligence determinations. Asked if the administration does not believe the Israel version, he said the administration has no conclusions it is willing to discuss in public. Pressed by reporters, Fitzwater said there have been "contacts and consultations between us and the Israelis," and he acknowledged there are administration "intelligence...conclusions." But he reiterated that the administration is "not willing to comment at this point." .