Manucher Ghorbanifar: Iranian middleman and the main contact between Iranian and U.S. officials for the arms sales. North testified yesterday that then-CIA Director William J. Casey and others in the U.S. government were convinced Ghorbanifar was an Israeli agent. {Israeli officials refused to comment on North's statement.} He also testified that at a meeting with Ghorbanifar and Israeli Amiram Nir in January 1986, Ghorbanifar took him aside and suggested diverting profits from the arms sales to the contras. North said that Ghorbanifar made this suggestion with the "full knowledge and acquiescence and support . . . of the Israeli intelligence services." Amiram Nir: Chief contact between the United States and Israel for Iran arms sales in 1986. North testified yesterday that Nir was the first person to suggest building profits into the Iran arms sales that could be diverted to the contras. According to Israeli sources, Nir has been stripped of authority in his post as terrorism adviser to Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir because he allegedly lied to the prime minister about a secret meeting with Ghorbanifar. David Kimche: Former director general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry and a veteran of Israel's secret intelligence service, Mossad. Kimche recommended the use of Ghorbanifar to the Americans. He also urged Robert C. McFarlane to get approval for the sale of U.S. weapons to Iran by Israel, in hopes of freeing hostages in Lebanon. Yaacov Nimrodi: Israeli arms dealer who once served as a defense attache in Iran and dealt with Ghorbanifar in trying to sell arms to Iran as early as 1984. Nimrodi was a key figure in the first two sales of U.S. arms to Iran in the fall of 1985. Al Schwimmer: Israeli arms dealer (born in the United States), former head of Israel Aircraft Industries and a close friend of former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres. Like Nimrodi, Schwimmer dealt extensively with Ghorbanifar in trying to sell arms to Iran as early as 1984.