of Israel's earliest
and most infamous "false flag" terrorist operations
intended to be blamed on "Muslim fundamentalists"
was targeted to bring down the secular regime of Egyptian
President Gamal Abdel Nasser.
CUNNING OF THE NEANDERTHAL
A History of `False Flags'
1954 THE EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT UNVEILED A COVERT PLOT by Israel's
intelligence agency, the Mossad, to blame terrorist attacks
conducted by Israeli agents against British and American targets
in the Middle East on "Muslim extremists." This
insidious and sordid operation -- which Israel formally and
repeatedly denied for fully 50 years until finally admitting
that this was not a "conspiracy theory from the Arab
world" but was indeed a fact -- not only foreshadowed
future such "false flag" operations by Israel but
also raises the serious question that the world needs to address:
Can the morals, methods and intentions of the Jewish state
and its supporters ever be trusted at all?
By Michael Collins Piper
1954, the leaders of the new state of Israel, then only six
years old, found themselves in a quandary. Israel's bete
noire, Egypt's outspoken, charismatic President Gamal
Abdul Nasser-a hero in the wide Arab world-was forging friendly
relations with the United States and Britain.
Israel's further dismay, the State Department of U.S. President
Dwight D. Eisenhower was perceived by Israel to be dominated
by forces friendly to Nasser and the Arab world.
year earlier, Israel's first prime minister, its founding
father, David Ben-Gurion, had just retired. Ben-Gurion had
also been minister of defense. As prime minister he was succeeded
by Moshe Sharett. Taking Ben-Gurion's post as defense minister
was Pinchas Lavon. However, under Lavon in the defense ministry
remained two Ben-Gurion loyalists, Simon Peres, director-general
of the Israeli Defense Ministry, and Moshe Dayan, the military
chief of staff.
changing of the guard led to inevitable changes in the direction
of policy, and just as in any ruling elite in any country,
there were conflicts between the various factions in Israel's
multi-factional political establishment.
was another wrinkle: not only was Egypt's Nasser favorably
inclined toward friendly relations with Israel, but also,
Israel's new prime minister -- Sharett -- was, according to
many sources, open to peace negotiations with his Arab neighbors,
a policy that angered more hard-line Israeli forces that rejected
any rapprochement with Nasser.
internal Israeli dispute over the best way to approach the
perceived "slant" by the U.S. and Britain toward
the Nasser regime became a source of controversy and led to
what ultimately became known as "the Lavon Affair,"
although Lavon himself was far from being the only player
in this tangled web of intrigue, as we shall see.
circumstances of the Lavon affair say much about Israel's
determination to chart its own course, often independent even
of its foreign friends. In addition, the facts about the affair
cast real doubt as to whether, even from the beginning, Israel
truly was the great American "ally" it is said to
July of 1954 there were a series of bombings in Cairo and
Alexandria, Egypt. Among the targets were the libraries of
the U.S. Information Service in both cities.
fact, the bombings were a covert operation by Israeli Military
Intelligence who hoped both Egyptian President Nasser and
the outside world would believe the attacks were carried out
by militant Muslim fundamentalists who were angry at Nasser's
friendly relations with both the United States and the British
light of the Lavon affair
(described in the accompanying story) as well as other provocations
by Israel that have been exposed, it is no wonder that many
independent researchers and, notably, Dr. Alan Sabrosky,
former director of studies at the U.S. Army War College,
believe that Israel's Mossad was the prime mover behind
the 9-11 terror attacks. See the insert in the center of
this issue [Editor's Note: The May/June 2010 Barnes
Review] for a concise booklet on 9-11.
Israelis hoped Nasser's relationships with the U.S. and Britain
would be destabilized and that this would compel British to
withdrawal from their bases on the Suez Canal (In the end,
no British targets were actually bombed, the initial plan
to a later statement by Col. Benjamin Gibli, Israel's chief
of military intelligence and the senior Israeli army officer
responsible for sending the final signal to Cairo to initiate
the bombings, he had been given his orders orally by Defense
Minister Lavon at a private meeting. Gibli related Lavon's
instructions as follows:
goal is] to break the West's confidence in the existing
[Egyptian] regime ... The actions should cause arrests,
demonstrations, and expressions of revenge. The Israeli
origin should be totally covered while attention should
be shifted to any other possible factor. The purpose is
to prevent economic and military aid from the West to Egypt.
The choice of the precise objectives to be sabotaged will
be left to the men on the spot, who should evaluate the
possible consequences of each action ... in terms of creating
commotion and public disorders.
it is clear that this was the intent of Gibli's superiors,
Lavon later denied any oral instructions were ever given and
that Gibli ordered the bombings on his own.
The operatives who placed the bombs were Egyptian Jews working
for Israeli intelligence and because the plan had been executed
so poorly, with little regard for adequate security, virtually
all of the bottom-rung participants in the plot (eleven people)
were picked up by Egyptian security.
is interesting, though, according to authors Andrew and Leslie
Cockburn, writing in Dangerous Liaison: The Inside Story
of the US.-Israeli Covert Relationship: "There
is a plausible theory that the Egyptian operation was orchestrated
by Ben-Gurion and Dayan not only to create problems between
the Western powers and Nasser but also to drive a spear through
the heart of Sharrett's peace negotiations. The chief of the
team inside Egypt, who escaped and survived, has been quoted
as saying that he believed the operation had been set up to
fail and that it had been betrayed.
|They Dare to Speak
Out . . .
recent years-particularly as the world has watched Zionist
power rising to a dizzying height on American shores
and as mankind has seen Israel's butchery of innocent
men, women and children escalate as never before --
a growing number of prominent and respected intellectuals
have begun to openly challenge the Neanderthal-like
barbarism being witnessed.
example, beloved Greek composer, former government minister
and parliamentarian Mikis Theodorakis -- long a voice
for human rights -- openly slammed the practices of
Israel and its supporters around the globe. Although
he was roundly criticized, Theodorakis came back at
his critics and said in an interview with Israel's newspaper
didn't say that Jews are the root of evil. I said
that they are at the root of evil. Jews want to feel
that they are victims. They want to console themselves
by saying: We are in the right, we are victims again,
let's build another ghetto. This is a masochistic
reaction. There is a masochistic mentality in Jewish
am sure that when Jews of the diaspora speak amongst
themselves, they feel satisfaction. They think --
now, when we are so close to the world's biggest nation,
no one can harm us. We can do whatever we like. This
is why their claim about [a new rise in] anti-semitism
is not only sick. It is devious. It allows the Jews
to do whatever they will. It serves as an excuse politically
as well as psychologically.
internationally respected figure, Portuguese writer
Jose Saramago -- a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in
the field of literature -- took on global Zionism in
the Spanish newspaper El Pais. He said:
mentally by the messianic dream of a Greater Israel
which will finally achieve the expansionist dreams
of the most radical Zionism; contaminated by the monstrous
and rooted "certitude" that in this catastrophic
and absurd world there exists a people chosen by God
and that, consequently, all the actions of an obsessive,
psychological and pathologically exclusivist racism
are justified; educated and trained in the idea that
any suffering that has been inflicted, or is being
inflicted, or will be inflicted on everyone else,
especially the Palestinians, will always be inferior
to that which they themselves suffered in the Holocaust,
the Jews endlessly scratch their own wound to keep
it bleeding, to make it incurable, and they show it
to the world as if it were a banner.
is disturbing to those who hold Israel and its supporters
in high esteem is that they cannot so easily dismiss
the likes of Theodorakis and Saramago as ''Nazi apologists"
or "right-wing extremists."
more, the fact is that increasing numbers of intellectuals
across the globe share the concerns expressed by Theodorakis
and Saramago and they, too, are daring to speak out.
more, although the plot was carried out through Israel's military,
the evidence suggests Israel's intelligence service, the Mossad,
had a major part in the planning, adding another layer of bureaucratic
intrigue. In fact, according to intelligence historian Richard
Deacon, the Mossad was "certainly involved in the plot
... but the subsequent blame for the series of disasters was
most unfortunately pinned on the Ministry of Defense .. "
any case, eleven people were caught and scheduled for trial
by Egypt, sparking a major international uproar. In Israel,
Prime Minister Sharett claimed this was an anti-Jewish provocation
by the Egyptians and a "show trial" against innocent
Jews who were victims of "false accusations."
the end, two were executed. The others were sentenced to long
there be any question that the Lavon Affair demonstrated, beyond
any doubt, Israel's duplicity and its capacity to betray even
its friends in America, note this: in March of 2005, the Israeli
President Moshe Katsav publicly (and with much fanfare) honored
the nine surviving Jewish terrorists who played a role in the
sordid affair. The Israeli leader presented each with a certificate
was the first formal acknowledgment -- after 50 full years of
repeated and vocal denial by the Israeli government and by defenders
of Israel-that Israel had indeed conducted terrorism against
the United States of America, designed as a classic "false
flag" to blame Muslim fundamentalists for the crime.
can only wonder if in the year 2051 (should Israel survive until
then) -- fifty years after the 9/11 attack on America Israel
will admit to its behind-the-scenes role in orchestrating that
tragedy and honor whatever surviving Jewish operatives who were
involved in 9/11 -- an event from which only Israel, as a nation,
MICHAEL COLLINS PIPER is a frequent contributor
to THE BARNES REVIEW
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