In the United States the mainstream media has so far remained mute. Perhaps this isn’t surprising, though yet again it reflects the sickeningly servile relationship between the U.S. establishment and Israel’s supporters.
Imagine if the story in Foreign Policy had been that the CIA was recruiting terrorists. There would have been wall-to-wall coverage in print and on the cable networks. But since this is a story about the duplicity of Mossad there remains a hushed silence among those who dread the thought of upsetting the Israel lobby.
“It’s amazing what the Israelis thought they could get away with,” a U.S. intelligence officer told Perry, but maybe it really isn’t so amazing. After all, Israel’s political leaders, knowing that they essentially own the U.S. Congress and will never be severely challenged in the U.S. media, regard Washington as a malleable tool. Why would Mossad agents view their American counterparts any differently?
That the CIA does not regard Mossad as a stalwart friend, was made perfectly clear in a report by Jeff Stein a year and a half ago.
The CIA took an internal poll not long ago about friendly foreign intelligence agencies.
The question, mostly directed to employees of the clandestine service branch, was: Which are the best allies among friendly spy services, in terms of liaison with the CIA, and which are the worst? In other words, who acts like, well, friends?
“Israel came in dead last,” a recently retired CIA official told me the other day.
Not only that, he added, throwing up his hands and rising from his chair, “the Israelis are number three, with China number one and Russia number two,” in terms of how aggressive they are in their operations on U.S. soil.
Israel’s undercover operations here, including missions to steal U.S. secrets, are hardly a secret at the FBI, CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies. From time to time, in fact, the FBI has called Israeli officials on the carpet to complain about a particularly brazen effort to collect classified or other sensitive information, in particular U.S. technical and industrial secrets.
At Gawker, John Cook notes:
Spies are horrible and lie all the time and we do the same thing to other countries and down is up and up is down. But just remember next time you hear someone talking about our special relationship with Israel: They are taking some of the $3 billion a year we give them in military aid and using it to fund a program where they pay terrorists to kill Iranians and blame it on us.
And blame it on us so that when Israel’s covert war turns into full-scale war it will become our war.