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50th Anniversary of Israel’s Infamous USS Liberty Attack

  • 50th Anniversary of Israel’s Infamous USS Liberty Attack
    by Stephen Lendman,
    On June 8, during Israel’s preemptive Six-Day War, an act of aggression, not self-defense against regional Arab states, the IDF did the unthinkable. It provocatively attacked its main ally, striking the USS Liberty intelligence gathering ship, in international waters about 25.5 nautical miles northwest of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in international waters.

    The incident took 34 US lives, another 171 wounded, the vessel severely damaged, lucky to stay afloat. It was deployed to monitor belligerents’ communications in response to Israeli aggression on Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq – not the other way around.

    In August 1982, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin admitted Israel had a choice, saying:

    “The Egyptian Army concentrations in the Sinai approaches (did) not prove that (President Gamal Abdel) Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.”

    In February 1968, future Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (1974 – 77 and 1992 – 95) told the French newspaper Le Monde:

    “I do not believe Nasser wanted war. The two divisions which he sent into Sinai on May 14 would not have been enough to unleash an offensive against Israel. He knew it and we knew it.”

    In 1978, Israeli Air Force Commander General Mordechai Hod said:

    “Sixteen years of planning had gone into those initial eighty minutes. We lived with the plan. We slept on the plan. We ate the plan. Constantly we perfected it.”

    In April 1972, IDF chief General Haim Barlev said

    “(w)e were not threatened with genocide on the eve of the six-day war, and we had never thought of such a possibility.”

    Other Israeli political and military officials admitted the same thing. Israel wasn’t threatened. Yet it lawlessly and aggressively attacked four regional countries without just cause – along with its main ally America.

    Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Thomas Moorer called Lyndon Johnson’s failure to hold Israel accountable “one of the classic all-American coverups.”

    Israel knew the ship’s identity, its US flag clearly visible. Good weather conditions made it easy to spot. Israeli warplanes circled overhead before attacking, at times low enough for US sailors to wave to its pilots. They waved back before opening fire with rockets and machine guns against the lightly armed vessel.

    A second wave of planes used napalm, setting parts of the deck ablaze. Israeli attack boats struck the vessel with torpedoes, causing a 40-foot-wide hole in its hull, flooding lower compartments, causing the ship to list 10 degrees, a defenseless smoking hulk, lucky to avoid sinking.

    Four other Israeli torpedoes missed their target. Its warplanes strafed the Liberty at close range. The ship’s radio frequencies were jammed to prevent a distress call for help. When finally able to communicate, it was too late. The damage was done, the human toll testimony to Israeli viciousness.

    When attack began, the Liberty was following its signal-intercept mission off Sinai’s coast in international waters at a speed of about five knots. Israeli forces were ordered to fire on any unidentified vessels proceeding at over 20 knots – at the time, a speed only warships could attain.

    The Liberty was clearly identified. Israeli claims otherwise were lies. It took 16 hours for two US destroyers to arrive, then a third warship. Medical help was provided. Liberty was escorted to Malta for repairs enough to return to America. Decommissioned a year later, the ship was removed from Naval Vessel Register listings, part of Washington’s coverup.

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Revelation 2:9 – …. and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.


June 6, 2017 - Posted by | GeoPolitics, History | , , , , , , , ,

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