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Israeli Nukes, AIPAC disinformation - IRmep
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, March 8, 2011
The Israel Lobby Archive releases today the declassified FBI file of
Israel lobbyist and nuclear weapons funding coordinator Abraham Feinberg.
Feinberg's first run-in with
law enforcement occurred when he enlisted the help of a private company to
dodge the WWII draft. Feinberg is best known for funding
President Harry S Truman's "whistle stop" campaign, saving Truman's 1948
election bid from almost certain defeat. In an interview, Feinberg
summarized his long success in US politics: "My path to power was
cooperation in terms of what they needed--campaign money."
to new histories of Israel's clandestine nuclear weapons program including
"Israel and the Bomb" by Avner Cohen (1998), Israeli Prime Minister David
Ben-Gurion secretly named Feinberg his chief nuclear weapons fundraising
coordinator in 1958. According to Michael Karpin's "The Bomb in the
Basement" (2007) Feinberg and 25 others contributed $40 million to the
Israeli nuclear weapons program against opposition from presidents
Eisenhower and Kennedy.
A newly released 1952 file reveals the FBI's
early awareness of Feinberg's many secret meetings with Israeli foreign
agents: "Feinberg has been in contact with Colonel Ephraim Ben-Arazi,
former Israeli Military Attaché to the United States; Theodore H. Kollek,
Israeli Minister in Washington; Reuben Shiloah [founder of Mossad], personal
advisor to the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs; Nahum Bernstein,
Secretary of Israel Speaks. All of these individuals are known to have
been active in the Israeli Intelligence Service."
In 1952 Feinberg
was ordered to register as an Israeli agent conducting foreign propaganda
through a bimonthly publication called Israel Speaks the successor to
Haganah Speaks. Feinberg briefly considered selling Israel Speaks to
the Jerusalem Post before shutting it down to avoid registration under the
1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act.
The FBI files also document
meetings between Abraham Feinberg and Rudolph Sonneborn. Sonneborn
organized a massive clandestine smuggling network to purchase or steal US
WWII surplus armaments for Jewish fighters in Palestine in violation of arms
export controls and the Neutrality Act. The Israeli government tasked
Feinberg to intervene in the criminal prosecutions of apprehended US members
of the smuggling network. The FBI file notes, "There were 70 people
involved on the West Coast...On April 1, 1949 Eliahu Elath, Israeli
Ambassador to the United States, was advised by his government that it was
agreed that the matter relating to Schwimmer and other people under
indictment should be taken to the 'highest level' in order to 'squash it
once and forever'....one of several courses of action suggested...was to
have Abe...take it up with his friends..." In the end few members of
the network were ever arrested, prosecuted or convicted of arms smuggling.
Those low level operatives that were (Adolph Schwimmer, Hank Greenspun, and
Charles Winters) later received presidential pardons.
documents are now available in PDF format from the Israel Lobby Archive.
The Feinberg section of the archive cross-references a separate Senate
investigation archive revealing Feinberg's year 1960 financial contributions
to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Simultaneously, the
Near East Report (now affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee, AIPAC) released stories into the US media such as "No Bombs
Possible" that denied Israel had a secret nuclear weapons program even as
AIPAC's founder closely tracked US news coverage of the issue.
Israel Lobby Archive:
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