Wednesday, April 04, 2012

History Lesson: What was the Lavon Affair?

According to the Jewish Virtual Library the Lavon Affair was:

"A spy story in Israel's early years that left a nasty mark on the young state, with reverberations for the following 20 years. It was called the "Lavon Affair," after Defense Minister Pinhas Lavon, "Esek HaBish" or "The Mishap". It revolved around nearly a dozen highly dedicated young Egyptian Jews who were asked, and agreed to spy for Israel against the country in which they were born. Why they were caught and more or less abandoned by Israel to incarceration and for a while, torture in Egypt's prisons to be finally released only 14 years later is a question that has never been answered. This story, known as "Operation Susannah," is thus one of idealism and self-sacrifice, as well as abandonment and an unwillingness to take responsibility."  

The Wikepedia Entry on the Lavon Affair is somewhat  less kind in it's description:

The Lavon Affair refers to a failed Israeli covert operation, code named Operation Susannah, conducted in Egypt in the Summer of 1954. As part of the false flag operation,[ a group of Egyptian Jews were recruited by Israeli military intelligence for plans to plant bombs inside Egyptian, American and British-owned targets. The attacks were to be blamed on the Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptian Communists, "unspecified malcontents" or "local nationalists" with the aim of creating a climate of sufficient violence and instability to induce the British government to retain its occupying troops in Egypt's Suez Canal zone.The operation caused no casualties, except for those members of the cell who committed suicide after being captured. 

False flag operations are of course, hidden away in the back archives of US History as well. Operation Northwoods was a series of false-flag operations proposed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in order to stage acts of terrorism against US Citizens and thereby provoke war with Cuba. 

Operation Northwoods was rightly rejected by President Kennedy back in its day. But it and the Lavon Affair should both stand as a powerful reminder to all of us of the lengths governments will go to in order to achieve certain goals - even at the expense of innocent lives.   

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