Strife in the Gaza continues, as Hamas and Israel try to convince the rest of the world that the other side is the bad guy. Now, anyone that has been paying attention knows that the real existential threat to the US is Islam. And not just the US, but western civilization itself is threatened as islam continues its march through the middle-east, murdering, raping, torturing, and pillaging as it goes. And the virus has spread. Boko Haram is on a tear through Nigeria, the MLF is doing their thing in the Philippines, and likewise around the globe. Almost every violent conflict currently raging in the world can be laid at the feet of islam and its adherents.
But let us make no mistake, Israel is no saint. As a matter of fact, they are decidedly hostile to the US. The only reason I back them over Hamas is to even things up. Truth be told, I’ll back the underdog until they become the favorite, then I’ll switch alliance. When my enemies are fighting, I’ll stand back and toss them weapons.
So I’m on the side of Israel right now, but only because they are less likely to behead me and burn down my church. The Israeli’s hate us, but at least they try to hide it. For example, they have spied on us since before there was an Israel. They have attacked us. They have given our technology to our enemies. And they are unapologetic about it. For example, we all remember the USS Liberty incident, right?
The USS Liberty incident was an attack on a United States Navy ship, USS Liberty, by Israeli Air Force fighter aircraft and Israeli Navy motor torpedo boats, on 8 June 1967, during the Six-Day War. The combined air and sea attack killed 34 crew members, wounded 171 crew members, and severely damaged the ship. At the time, the ship was in international waters north of the Sinai Peninsula.
It was reminiscent of the “Lavon Affair.” Israeli agents recruited Egyptian citizens of Jewish descent to bomb Western targets in Egypt, and plant evidence to frame Arabs, in an apparent attempt to upset US-Egyptian relations. Israeli defense minister Pinchas Lavon is eventually removed from office, though many think real responsibility lay with David Ben-Gurion.
Arnon Milchan not only spied for Israel, but promoted the apartheid regime in South Africa in exchange for it helping Israel acquire uranium for its nuclear program.
Aviem Sella. While pursuing a PhD, Sella recruited Jonathan Pollard to spy for Israel. The US indicted Pollard on espionage charges in 1987. Pollard’s Israeli handlers were granted immunity from prosecution in the United States in exchange for cooperation after Pollard’s arrest. Sella’s role, however, was unknown at the time and the Israelis were not forthcoming about his involvement. For this reason, Sella was not given immunity by the US when his role was uncovered. Israel then refused to extradite Sella for questioning.
Jonathan Pollard delivered over 1000 classified documents to Israel for which he was well paid. Included in those documents were the names of over 150 US agents in the Mideast, who were eventually “turned” into agents for Israel. But by far the most egregious damage done by Pollard was to steal classified documents relating to the US Nuclear Deterrent relative to the USSR and send them to Israel. According to sources in the US State Department, Israel then turned around and traded those stolen nuclear secrets to the USSR in exchange for increased emigration quotas from the USSR to Israel.
Then there were the Rosenbergs, and the rest, including Harry Gold, Joel Barr, Alfred Sarant, William Perl and Morton Sobell, who all sold our burgeoning atomic program to the Soviet Union.
1965 Israel apparently illegally obtains enriched uranium from NUMEC Corporation. (Washington Post, 6/5/86, Charles R. Babcock, “US an Intelligence Target of the Israelis, Officials Say.”)
In 1970, while working for Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson, Richard Perle is caught by the FBI giving classified information to Israel. Nothing is done.
In 1978, Stephen Bryen, then a Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffer, is overheard in a DC hotel offering confidential documents to top Israeli military officials. Bryen obtains a lawyer, Nathan Lewin, and the case heads for the grand jury, but is mysteriously dropped. Bryen later goes to work for Richard Perle.
In 1985 The New York Times reports the FBI is aware of at least a dozen incidents in which American officials transferred classified information to the Israelis, quoting [former Assistant Director of the F.B.I.] Mr. [Raymond] Wannal. The Justice Department does not prosecute.
In 1985 Richard Smyth, the owner of MILCO, is indicted on charges of smuggling nuclear timing devices to Israel (Washington Post, 10/31/86).
In 1987 April 24 Wall Street Journal headline: “Role of Israel in Iran-Contra Scandal Won’t be Explored in Detail by Panels.”
In 1992 The Wall Street Journal reports that Israeli agents apparently tried to steal Recon Optical Inc’s top-secret airborne spy-camera system.
In1992 Stephen Bryen was caught offering confidential documents to Israel.
In 1978, is serving on board of the pro-Israeli Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs while continuing as a paid consultant — with security clearance — on exports of sensitive US technology.
In 1993. The ADL is caught operating a massive spying operation on critics of Israel, Arab-Americans, the San Francisco Labor Council, ILWU Local 10, Oakland Educational Association, NAACP, Irish Northern Aid, International Indian Treaty Council, the Asian Law Caucus and the San Francisco police. Data collected was sent to Israel and in some cases to South Africa. Pressure from Jewish organizations forces the city to drop the criminal case, but the ADL settles a civil lawsuit for an undisclosed sum of cash.
In 1996 An Office of Naval Intelligence document, “Worldwide Challenges to Naval Strike Warfare” reported that “US technology has been acquired [by China] through Israel in the form of the Lavi fighter and possibly SAM [surface-to-air] missile technology.” Jane’s Defense Weekly (2/28/96) noted that “until now, the intelligence community has not openly confirmed the transfer of US technology [via Israel] to China.” The report noted that this “represents a dramatic step forward for Chinese military aviation.” (Flight International, 3/13/96)
In 1997 Israeli agents place a tap on Monica Lewinsky’s phone at the Watergate and record phone sex sessions between her and President Bill Clinton. The Ken Starr report confirms that Clinton warned Lewinsky their conversations were being taped and ended the affair. At the same time, the FBI’s hunt for “Mega” is called off.
In 2002 police near the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in southern Washington State stop a suspicious truck and detain two Israelis, one of whom is illegally in the United States. The two men were driving at high speed in a Ryder rental truck, which they claimed had been used to “deliver furniture.” The next day, police discovered traces of TNT and RDX military-grade plastic explosives inside the passenger cabin and on the steering wheel of the vehicle. The FBI then announces that the tests that showed explosives were “false positived” by cigarette smoke, a claim test experts say is ridiculous. Based on an alibi provided by a woman, the case is closed and the Israelis are handed over to INS to be sent back to Israel. One week later, the woman who provided the alibi vanishes.
And none of this is unusual for the Israelis. They spy on us, conduct clandestine anti-US operations, openly aid our enemies, and generally behave more like adversaries than allies. It would serve us well to remember that Israel’s interests are not always contiguous or coterminous with ours, and in some cases is directly opposed to our interests. It would serve us, too, to remember the dictum of Kissinger, that “countries don’t have friends, they have interests.” Perhaps we should realize that Israel’s interests aren’t ours, and they’re certainly not our friends.