OUR NOT SO GREAT ALLY: THE LAVON AFFAIR

Previously we discussed the Balfour declaration and how America was dragged into a war the likes of which the world had not yet been seen at the hands of Jewish elites looking to advance their group’s interests. Perhaps this wasn’t enough to persuade you that Israel isn’t our greatest ally and I couldn’t blame you. We are not to hold grudges, especially not against an entire group of people unless they were repeatedly using us as the Jews did back then. It is only by a pattern and continual abuse that such disdain for the Israeli state would be reasonable and then it wouldn’t be a grudge but a grievance. Ah, but there is a pattern and we shall see with the Lavon affair where our not so great ally bombed American buildings in Egypt as a false flag attempt that ultimately failed.

But first, let’s set the stage. It was president Harry Truman that began the United States’ insane yet seemingly neverending support of the Israeli state. The exact day that Israel declared itself independent, Truman recognized the state. This was a great gesture of friendship. It was during Eisenhower’s presidency that substantial financial aid to Israel was established.

After the Israeli War of Independence in which the Arabs in Israel and Palestine were effectively quelled, relations with Israel and its neighbors were tense. Arabs saw the creation of the Jewish state as an act of slow ethnic cleansing and conquest, not to mention the religious aspects which are essentially the opposite of most of Evangelical Christianity’s view.

It came to a head when Egypt’s leader, Farouk, was overthrown in 1952 as the population blamed him for allowing the creation of Israel and allowing Britain to maintain its influence in Egypt. Egypt officially gained independence in 1922 but Britain remained in the country and heavily influenced its government until after WWII. In 1947 British troops withdrew to the Suez Canal, establishing the Canal Zone so that Britain could maintain its control of the vital sea routes that cut so much time off voyages to the Indian Ocean.

After Farouk’s overthrow Egypt was founded as a republic and Gamal Abdel Nasser emerged as president. Nasser was a staunch Arab nationalist and opposed to communism. However, he was not afraid to use whatever means necessary to get his goals accomplished. With the Cold War raging, America tried to persuade Nasser to side with them. America was unwilling to provide arms to Egypt though, seeing as how Egypt and Israel were at eachother’s throats. To make up for the lack of an arms deal, America and Britain offered to fund the Aswan dam and Britain would also kindly remove its troops from the Suez Canal Zone. The proposal was thrown around at least.

This is where Israel comes in. Israel had a vested interest in keeping Britain in the zone as they created a buffer between Israel and the rest of Egypt. To keep the British troops there, a plan was devised to create a false flag.

The recruits for the mission were ten Egyptian Jews, all of which knew eachother, later aiding in their capture. Sorry for the spoiler. In 1952 they came to Israel for training and there they came up with the name for the operation, “Operation Susanna”. The operation consisted of bombing American businesses in Egypt and blaming Egyptian communists and the Muslim brotherhood (who disliked Nasser’s secularism) in order to show that they were incapable of taking over such a vital asset as the Suez Canal.

On July 2, 1954, the plan was hatched and a post office in Alexandria was bombed. Twelve days later, the libraries of the US Information Agency in Alexandria and Cairo were bombed along with a British theater. Shortly after the first attacks, one of the spies, Robert Dassa, was captured. Another spy, Philip Nathanson, was captured later after a bomb went off in his pocket as he was about to bomb a cinema. Two others were captured soon enough. Initially they all held to the communist claim but they were found out when Shmuel Azar, yet another spy, told the truth; that they were Jewish spies working for Israel. The rest of the spies were captured by August, except for Avraham Seidenberg (also known as Avri Elad) who oversaw the operation and escaped to Israel.

Shmuel Azar and another spy were hanged in 1955 while two others committed suicide in prison. The other six were imprisoned for various lengths of time. The affair got its name after the Israeli minister of defense, Pinhas Lavon (pictured above), had to resign to save face because of it.

What can we learn from all this? For starters, Israel combining this with the Balfour Declaration and what we know about Israel’s false intelligence about Iraqi WMDs, we know that Israel has absolutely no moral compass when it comes to how to treat its allies. They have no problem attacking them (like with the USS Liberty) or getting them into bloody wars for personal gain, rarely helping win said wars. Remember that this all went down less than a decade after Israel’s establishment and financial aid from the West began to flood in. The term, “Israel” might as well be a synonym for “ungrateful”. It seems Israel loves exploiting us as their favorite pastime. Not exactly what I would call an ally.

Lastly, we can know just how dangerous minorities can be for a country when their parent country or ethnic group wish to use them. We have plenty of people in our country now that could easily be recruited and used against us. Caution is warranted and justified. China is already known to have attempted this and it is likely they have succeeded with a few people.

Coming back to Israel though, this and the other stories that have been mentioned show us that Israel is far from our greatest ally. If anything, we are their greatest ally, and they are our worst.

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