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Was Israel Ever Legitimate?

Israel was never legitimate, and the U.S. has an obligation to secure the weapons of mass destruction now under the control of this enclave.

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(TEMPE, Az.) - The history of Israel as a geopolitical fraud will fill entire libraries as those defrauded marvel at how so few deceived so many for so long. Those duped include many naive Jews who—even now—identify their interests with this extremist enclave.

Israeli leaders are wrong to worry about “de-legitimization.” They are right to fear that a long-deceived public is fast realizing that Israel’s founding was key to an ongoing deception.

The Invention of the Jewish People did not begin with Shlomo Sand’s 2009 bestseller by that title. There was no Exile says this Jewish scholar. Nor was there an Exodus. So how could there be a Return, the core premise of Israeli statehood?

If this patch of Palestinian land never rightly belonged to a mythical Jewish People, what then for the legitimacy of the “Jewish homeland.” And for that depiction by British Foreign Secretary Alfred Balfour in his November 1917 letter to Lord Rothschild?

Were Christians likewise seduced by Sunday school teachings reliant on the phony findings of Biblical archeologist William Albright? Shlomo Sand chronicles how in the 1920s Albright interpreted every excavation in Palestine to "reaffirm the Old Testament and thereby the New.”

In 1948, President Harry Truman, a Christian Zionist, was advised by Secretary of State George Marshall not to recognize this enclave as a state. This WWII general assured Truman that he would vote against him—and did.

That military tradition resurfaced in January 2010 when General David Petraeus dispatched a team to brief Admiral Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the perils that Israel still poses to U.S. national security. Mullen was reportedly shocked[1].

He should not have been surprised. Such insights are hardly new. More than six decades ago the Joint Chiefs of Staff cautioned Truman about the “fanatical concepts of the Jewish leaders” and their plans for “Jewish military and economic hegemony over the entire Middle East.”

In December 1948, Albert Einstein and 27 prominent Jews urged us “not to support this latest manifestation of fascism.” They warned that a “Leader State” was the goal of the “terrorist party” that has governed Israel over all but a handful of the past 62 years.

The Joint Chiefs foresaw the “Zionist strategy will seek to involve [the U.S.] in a continuously widening and deepening series of operations intended to secure maximum Jewish objectives.”

Soon after Truman recognized Israel, his presidential campaign train was “refueled” by Zionist Jews with $400,000 in contributions ($3.6 million in 2010 dollars). Soon thereafter, Israel betrayed the U.S. by allying with the British and the French to invade Egypt.

Though London and Paris soon abandoned the operation, months more were required to dissuade Tel Aviv from pursuing their expansionist agenda then—as now—for Greater Israel.

Outraged by Israeli duplicity, Eisenhower sought help to rein them in. He soon found that even then (as now) the Israel lobby dominated Congress. Thus the former Supreme Allied Commander appeared on television with an appeal directly to the American people. Then—unlike now—a U.S. Commander in Chief threatened to reduce assistance to Israel.

To revamp Israel’s tattered image, New York public relations expert Edward Gottlieb retained novelist Leon Uris to write Exodus. Jewish Zionists have routinely proven themselves skilled storytellers and masterful mythmakers.

This 1958 bestseller was translated into dozens of languages and quickly made into a movie for the 1960 Christmas season starring Paul Newman and featuring Peter Lawford, brother-in-law of the just-elected President John F. Kennedy. See: “Time for an American Intifada?” [2].

The Myth of a Loyal Ally

Phil Tourney survived the June 8, 1967 Israeli attack on the USS Liberty that left 34 Americans dead and 175 wounded. The region-wide dynamics accompanying that provocative Six-Day land grab guaranteed the conflicts that remain so perilous to U.S. national security.

It was during this Israeli operation that Tourney gave a one-fingered salute to armed Israeli troops as they hovered in helicopters over the USS Liberty while preparing to rappel to the deck and, he surmises, kill the survivors and sink the ship.

Just then the captain aboard a nearby U.S. carrier scrambled jets to assist a vessel under attack by an “ally.” When Israeli intelligence intercepted the transmission, the helicopters fled only to have President Lyndon Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara recall our fighters.

Soon thereafter, Israeli torpedo boats pulled alongside the USS Liberty to inquire if those aboard needed assistance. Those same boats had just blown a hole in the hull, killing 25 Americans. Israeli machine-gunners had then strafed stretcher-bearers, firemen, life rafts and even the fire hoses—all clear war crimes. Only then did his ally display the chutzpah to ask if our servicemen required assistance.

Had that notorious land grab failed to advance the narrative of Israel as the victim, what might be the condition of U.S. national security today? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently conceded the duplicity that continues to typify this “special relationship.”

As he confessed: "Our policy on Jerusalem is the same policy followed by all Israeli governments for 42 years, and it has not changed. As far as we are concerned, building in Jerusalem is the same as building in Tel Aviv."

In other words, the 1967 war was neither defensive nor preemptive but an outright taking of land that, one year later, Tel Aviv acknowledged as precisely what concerned the Pentagon 62 years ago.

In effect, Netanyahu confirmed that this relationship reflects multi-decade premeditation. The U.S. has since discredited itself by protecting this “ally” from the rule of law for its taking and brutal occupation of land that rightly belongs to others.

Even now, few know that Mathilde Krim, a former Irgun operative, was “servicing” our Commander-in-Chief in the White House the night the 1967 war began. Her husband, Arthur, then chaired the finance committee for the Democratic National Committee.

Even now, few Americans know the role in that cover-up played by Admiral John McCain, Jr. Or the role still played in this sordid history by his son, Republican Senator John McCain III[3].

Are those who champion this “state” the same belief-makers responsible for the myth of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction? Iraqi meetings in Prague? Iraqi mobile biological weapons laboratories? High-level Iraqi contacts with Al Qaeda? Iraqi yellowcake uranium from Niger?

Was any of that intelligence legitimate? Whose interests were served by deceiving the U.S. to wage war in the Middle East? By the Suez Crisis? By the Six-Day War? By covering up the attack on the USS Liberty?

Adhering to an Enemy?

How are U.S. interests served by treating Israel as a legitimate state? When was Israeli behavior anything other than duplicitous? At what point do we concede the common source of the storylines foisted on an imperiled global public?

Who created the narrative that saw us segue seamlessly from a global Cold War to a global War on Terrorism? Remember the promise of a post-Cold War “peace dividend”? Who induced the U.S. to wage a war whose costs could total $3 trillion, including $700 billion in interest?

Why is debt always the prize? At the end of WWII, the U.S. was home to 50% of the world’s productive power. Were we induced to hollow out our economy by the same consensus-shapers that induced us to wage war in the Middle East?

Do these devastating dynamics trace to a common source?

Who benefits from the “Islamo” fascist narrative? Whose storyline—really—is The Clash of Civilizations? Who has long spied on the U.S. and routinely transferred to other nations our most sensitive defense technologies?

Who had the means, motive, opportunity and, importantly, the stable nation state intelligence required to perpetrate such a debilitating fraud from inside the U.S. government? And from inside other governments that joined the “coalition of the willing”?

If not Israel and its supporters—who? In effect, are those now advocating an “unbreakable bond” with Israel giving aid and comfort to an enemy within?

Israel is right to worry. It was never legitimate. As both an enabler and a target of this fraud, the U.S. has an obligation to concede its source—and to secure the weapons of mass destruction now under the control of this enclave.

[1] The Petraeus Briefing


[3] McCain Family Secret: The Cover-up


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Jeff Gates is a widely acclaimed author, attorney, investment banker, educator and consultant to government, corporate and union leaders worldwide. To learn more about Jeff's books visit Guilt by Association and

Jeff's latest book is Guilt By Association — How Deception and Self-Deceit Took America to War (2008). His previous books include Democracy at Risk: Rescuing Main Street From Wall Street and The Ownership Solution: Toward a Shared Capitalism for the 21st Century. For two decades, an adviser to policy-makers worldwide. Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee (1980-87).

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Lam April 22, 2010 5:25 pm (Pacific time)

Israel is not legitimate. They (Zionists) cannot claim the land on the basis that their ancestors lived there thousands of years ago. For pro-Israel bigots I have few questions for you. If the Jews deserved the land because their ancestors owned it, and if they deserved the land because they needed a state free of persecution, then should the United States give its land back to the Native Americans? After all the Native Americans ancestors owned the land. The Native Americans were subjects to holocausts ever since the first Europeans came to North America. If Israel is legitimate out of the reasons that Zionists often use (ancestral heritage, safety from persecutions), then shouldn't the Native Americans deserve the rights to take back their lands? Most Zionists will not agree with Native Americans taking back North America, but they will agree to Israel stealing lands from the natives. What bigots.

Liana April 6, 2010 11:33 pm (Pacific time)

What a "collection" of hateful cherry-picking? I bet Islamo fascists Palestinian "activists"... "spare" the luves of those that are anti-israel, or do they?  What on earth is Arab children of IMMIGRANTS' "right" to the historic homeland of the Jews?  The MYTHOLOGICAL term "palestinian" people (to the Arab settlers) did not exist before 1967...  Last but not least, blaming the victim again. instead of praising heroic Israel that is the only democracy that BLOCKS Islamic expansion of totalitarianism's (eminating from Arabia...) claws upon the world.

Editor: Do you support Israel's genocidal elimination of the Palestinian people?  Also, even in Israel you can find accurate historic accounts of the taking of Palestine that began in 1947, and then massively expanded in 1967.  Israel lives by violent force and heavy retribution, always in the name of the 'victim' and always citing the word 'security' but people have seen what Israel is really like.  Israel is the threat, not the threatened.  Americans are figuring it out, Israel will have to change its ways, there is no other point to make.  If you support genocide that is your right, but it is sad. 

ralph April 6, 2010 2:22 am (Pacific time)

UN General Assembly voted and the partition of Palestine November 29.,1947. in an Arab and a Jewish State which was accepted by the majority of the voting nations but the Arabs never recognized the result of this vote and several Arab countries attacked Israel on the day (may 15.1948) it declared its independence. Since Israel was recognized

Jeff Gates April 6, 2010 8:35 am (Pacific time)

Thanks for all these comments, interspersed with the usual venom from those who refuse to deal with facts. Urge that you read Guilt By Association and monitor the Criminal State website for current commentaries. Moderate/secular jews routinely write with thanks for an analysis that "fills in the blanks" in order to ensure that the broader jewish community is not portrayed as...guilty by association. The treason that took us to war on false pretenses remains at work. You cannot fight fire with fire. Nor can you defeat with hate those who provoke hate to advance a non-transparent agenda. The only sensible way forward is to combat this duplicity with facts, accountability and better design.

Daniel Johnson April 5, 2010 7:57 pm (Pacific time)

Steve Klein: Here's more on Einstein:

Einstein wrote a letter on January 3, 1954 to the philosopher Eric Gutkind who had sent him a copy of his book Choose Life: The Biblical Call to Revolt. In the letter, he said: "The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this." He also rejected the idea that the Jews are God's chosen people.

"For me the Jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything 'chosen' about them."

This last about lack of power has changed since then.

Anonymous April 5, 2010 6:40 pm (Pacific time)

I fully agree with this statement:"Zionism like Nazi philosophy, involves placing one race/religion/culture above others and orchestrating laws to support that operation. It is called apartheid." So what's your take on outfits like La Raza (aka "The Race"), The Aztecs, Black Theology as practiced by Jeramiah Wright, The separatist cult by Farakhan, etc.? It's amazing we have so many different groups here in America that advocate for apartheid in some way, they get taxpayer dollars and not one group, not a one, is caucasian who gets tax money. Also I'm no fan of Israel, but when it comes to the ancient peoples who lived in the area, long before Islam came about by thousands of years, who really did settle the land. Many tribes came and went for this is some tough land to survive in. We have been trying for decades to resolve the problems there but eventually WMD's will be the final arbitrator, unfortunately. They will never change their ways, they just will not. Sometimes you have to really take some time and see what's going on around the world. There are some ideologies that simply will not assimilate, and that does not promulgate a happy ending for someone. We are seeing this same thing developing here in North and South America, and it is getting more intense.Sure we have made great strides, in technology, but this unrest is similar to the Balkans, and maybe even what it was like during the Crusades.

Jack Mahoffer April 5, 2010 8:05 am (Pacific time)

Anti-Israel propaganda anyone?  How can you question a country?  Under the same logic can't we argue about the America's legitimacy since we stole this land from the Indians. 

Editor: Jack, it is not propaganda, and that is not a fair statement to make.  Pay attention to the facts, be more worried about Israel's political and military tactics.  Things can be turned around, but supporting Israel is the same as backing genocide and I have a feeling you are not pro genocide, right?  Americans are not proud of what our ancestors did to Native Americans, but today if anyone takes an action against them, they are jailed and charged.  They have rights; there are not separate laws and rules for them.  They can marry a person who is not Native American.  They can live absolutely anywhere they want to live.  There is no example of Native Americans being forced to live in a walled city like Gaza, under guard, with sniper towers.     

Steve Klein April 5, 2010 7:57 am (Pacific time)

Mr. Gates, why invoke Albert Einstein?  His legacy will more than likely be the slaughter or millions by a savage technology he helped invent.  While resting safely in America, having escaped Nazi torture and mass-murder, Menachem Begin's family was not so fortunate.  Had it not been for the British blockade of pre-Israel "Palestine," millions of Jews would have been saved torture and mass-murder at the hands of their Nazi murderers.  At best Einstein can be considered a self-loathing Jewish traitor.  And you invoke this Jewish traitor?

Steve: You're misinformed. Einstein had no hand in the invention of the atomic bomb, etc. Fission was discovered by Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn. It was developed primarily by Enrico Fermi at the University of Chicago. At the Institute for Advanced Study, where Einstein worked from 1933 until his death in 1955 he was the only person there who did not do war work. Apparently his loyalty was in question. His famous equation E = mc2 had nothing to do with the development of the atomic bomb. He was persuaded to write a letter to Roosevelt encouraging development of atomic bombs, but his letter was largely irrelevant, the decision already having been made under the influence of men like Fermi.  (Daniel)

Len April 5, 2010 1:34 pm (Pacific time)

Question the legitimacy of Israel--simply put--F...

 Editor: Hey Len, thanks for showing the real spirit of your movement; it is clearly stated here that you can't use profanity.  Be they International Laws regulating warfare, or a simple policy for an Internet site that is visited by children, thanks for showing how rules and laws are just something to ignore in the world of racist Zionism. 

Steve Alper April 5, 2010 10:59 am (Pacific time)

Most Americans love Israel for what it is -- a vibrant, moral democracy in the midst of countries ruled either by dictators or those who would return us to medieval times. The author here, Gates, obviously gets Arab oil money and is filled with blind hate, beause, check the facts, almost everything he says in here is a straight out lie. When the Jews returned to their ancient homeland, as Mark Twain noted, the land was barren, with 200,000 occupants. The rest of the Arabs moved to Palestine due to the economic prosperity brought about by the Zionists and the British. Every few years Israel offers another plan to share the land with them and the Arabs reject it, because a Jewish success story in their midst is too painful for them to endure. A liar like Gates does not adavance the discussion.

Editor: Interesting opinion, but then you know what they say about opinions.  Israel took land against international law, at best that makes Israel a nation of thieves.  But it is your racism that gets me; you think you are so damned superior.  The land that Israel occupies was Palestinian land.  Palestinians were murdered in the creation of Israel.  They have at times killed Israelis, though in recent times the retribution factor is so off the charts that it can hardly be described.  That is why Palestinians and their supporters have turned to non violent protest, and Israel attacks the peace protests like a regular monster government.  Zionism like Nazi philosophy, involves placing one race/religion/culture above others and orchestrating laws to support that operation.  It is called apartheid.  People have never accepted this for very long, and there are distinct changes on the horizon for both Palestine and Israel.  One of the biggest factors bringing that about is coming from within Israel itself.  There are so many Israelis who are not like you Steve; they believe in peace and equality and they know that all people are created equal, and have equal rights. 

Anonymous April 5, 2010 10:34 am (Pacific time)

I don't think that Israel should exist as a separate nation-state. We will be better off without it.

Ben April 5, 2010 9:56 am (Pacific time)

Thanks to Mr. Gates for speaking out against fraud committed by Israel and its Lobby in the US. We cannot afford to continue sending billions in aid to Israel which is the main reason the US was attacked on 9/11. Americans need to speak out against the Jewish lobby and vote Congressmen and Senators on the payroll of the Jewish lobby.

Jack Mahoffer April 5, 2010 8:05 am (Pacific time)

Anti-Israel propaganda anyone? How can you question a country? Under the same logic can't we argue about the America's legitimacy since we stole this land from the Indians.

Jonathan M. Boyko April 5, 2010 3:45 am (Pacific time)

While I'm all for criticism, radicalist racism such as this is plain stupid. By the way - yes, racism. As Israelis who allegedly deny Palestinians their self-identification are being called racist, so are others who say Jews shouldn't have a home of their own. The fact is that archaeological evidence points to Jews as far as 1500BC. By the way - there was no Palestine back then. Yet, such discussion is irrelevant and only subject for extremists and radicals. Both Jews and Palestinians are there, none of them are going to be forced out of the land. A deal should be made - as tough as it is - to bring peace to both people. Even if one of them was founded in 1964.

Inri Porter April 5, 2010 2:35 am (Pacific time)

A cashew is kind of a high-class nut.

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