I bring this up because I just saw it on twitter and thought it was interesting.
Documents declassified in 2010 shed some insight into an incident referred to as the Lavon Affair and also attempts by the Israel Lobby to exert a bit too much influence over our foreign policy. Granted, this was the 1950’s- long before the power of the Lobby was so great that literally every single member of Congress and Presidential candidate would clamor for its approval.
The Lavon Affair was a huge diplomatic crisis despite attempts to hush it up. There was also the case of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, which was also hushed up- it should have been treated as an act of war by Israel against the U.S., but, well, you know…
Of course, the Lobby’s espionage activities have continued to this very day, making it even stranger that AIPAC and other groups continue to wield so much influence. These groups should be frog-marched out of town, but no, our politicians fawn over them and pander shamelessly. Just look at the number of politicians, public officials and Jewish organizations clamoring to let it be known that traitor and Israel spy Jonathan Pollard should be released from jail. They have no shame.
What’s important about all this is that it shows Israel’s documented willingness to use False Flag operations against other countries, including the U.S. It makes you wonder, would they do that today, with, say, Iran? After all, Israel does seem absolutely desperate.
UPDATE: And then there is this covert Israeli media campaign that was uncovered, which sought to [successfully] influence public opinion/public policy. Honestly, I continue to be amazed at how brazen Israel is and how the media just play right along. It’s time to have an honest discussion about why the media is so willing to publish Israeli government propaganda:
Declassified files from a Senate investigation into Israeli-funded covert public relations and lobbying activity in the United States were released by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) on July 23rd, 2010. The subpoenaed documents reveal Israel’s clandestine programs for “cultivation of editors,” the “stimulation and placement of suitable articles in the major consumer magazines” as well as U.S. reporting about sensitive subjects such as the Dimona nuclear weapons facility.
Documents are now available for download from http://IRmep.org/ila/azc include:
Dimona (excerpt): “The nuclear reactor story inspired comment from many sources; editorial writers, columnists, science writers and cartoonists. Most of the press seemed finally to accept the thesis that the reactor was being built for peaceful purposes and not for bombs.” http://www.irmep.org/11-121960AZC.pdf
Content placement and promotion (excerpt): “The Atlantic Monthly in its October issue carried the outstanding Martha Gellhorn piece on the Arab refugees, which made quite an impact around the country. We arranged for the distribution of 10,000 reprints to public opinion molders in all categories… Interested friends are making arrangements with the Atlantic for another reprint of the Gellhorn article to be sent to all 53,000 persons whose names appear in Who’s Who in America…Our Committee is now planning articles for the women’s magazines for the trade and business publications.” http://www.irmep.org/09101961AZC.pdf
Pressure campaigns (excerpt): “It can be said that the press of the nation…has by and large shown sympathy and understanding of Israel’s position. There are, of course, exceptions, notably the Scripps-Howard chain where we still need to achieve a ‘break-through,’ the Pulliam chain (where some progress has been made) and some locally-owned papers.” http://www.irmep.org/11-121960AZC.pdf
According to Grant F. Smith, director of IRmep, “It is frightening how easily some in the American news media surrendered to a foreign public relations campaign that spent the 2010 equivalent of $36 million over two years. Time has proven most of the planted content to be misleading, if not dangerous. These historical documents hold many important lessons for Americans who have long needed—but rarely received—straight reporting on key Middle East issues.”