by Ian Huyett
In 2005, Israeli President Moshe Katsav publically honored nine Jewish terrorists. In a televised ceremony, the terrorists were celebrated for bombing American embassy buildings in Egypt with nitroglycerine and acid. Israel, which had denied its involvement in the attacks for decades, was now openly boasting that it attempted to butcher American diplomats in a false flag attack.
According to a March 30, 2005, Reuters article, Operation Susannah, known as the Lavon Affair after Israeli Defense Minister Pinhas Lavon, was intended to trick America into a war with Egypt. In other words, Israel’s government ordered the attacks because it saw America as a useful tool it could manipulate to serve its own ends.
Imagine the backlash if any other nation, especially an ostensibly close ally, had shamelessly lionized anti-American terrorists. If the Queen of England had conferred honorary knighthood upon Osama bin Laden, it would create a rift that might never heal. Israel, on the other hand, can openly commend terrorist bombings and get a free pass from journalists like Wolf Blitzer, a former employee of Israel’s lobby in Washington. The ceremony was conveniently ignored by the mainstream media in the United States.
From Deir Yassin to Sabra and Shatila, Israel has repeatedly conducted grotesque mass slaughters to terrorize its enemies; the Lavon Affair is not the only time America has been the target. In 1967, Israeli planes and torpedo boats savagely ambushed the USS Liberty in international waters after following it for more than nine hours. A large American flag did not stop Israeli rockets and napalm from meticulously obliterating 34 American soldiers. Israeli boats even fired on life rafts to drown servicemen trying to escape the doomed ship.
Israel’s influence over our government is such that American rescue aircraft were recalled by the White House before they arrived at the scene of the attack. The Moorer Commission reports that surviving crewmen were threatened with “court-martial” or “imprisonment” if they told their stories publically. Although the committee of admirals, generals and diplomats found “compelling evidence that Israel’s attack was a deliberate attempt to destroy an American ship and kill her entire crew,” the assault remains the only maritime incident in history where the deaths of American forces were not investigated by Congress.
For decades, Israel has conducted a massive campaign of espionage against the U.S., according to a June 2, 2008, column in The American Conservative. The General Accounting Office reported that “Israel conducts the most aggressive espionage operation against the United States of any U.S. ally.” The Office of Naval Investigations caught Israel selling American military technology to China at least twice, in 1996 and again in 2000.
It’s no secret that Israel, by far, is the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid. Over 8.2 million American tax dollars are sent to Israel on a daily basis, accounting for a total of over $140 billion, according to Congressional Research Service’s “US Foreign Aid to Israel.” Every time Israel’s military demolishes Palestinian homes, deploys chemical weapons against civilians or shoots children at close range, as documented in Amnesty International’s “Cast Lead” report, it incurs needless hatred against the U.S.
Why do we continue to support a country that has done nothing but betray and subvert us at every turn? Political correctness enables groups like the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center to shut down debate by labeling anyone who criticizes Israel as “anti-Semitic.” Israel’s lobby, The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, was ranked as the second most powerful interest group in Washington by both a 1997 Fortune survey and a 2005 National Journal study.
Our nation was founded by independence fighters who rejected foreign entanglement. I doubt they’d be happy to hear that one of the most powerful political forces in Washington is a foreign country, let alone one that has repeatedly attacked the U.S.
Our relationship with Israel is not an alliance. Where an alliance benefits both parties involved, our unconditional support of Israel consistently benefits only Israel at our expense. It’s time for Americans to bring it to an end.