Did you know that once upon a time Israel attacked its strongest and closest ally the united states and they did it on purpose. I know you’ve probably never heard about it but I’m not kidding this wasn’t an accident […]
Did you know that once upon a time Israel attacked its strongest and closest ally the united states and they did it on purpose. I know you’ve probably never heard about it but I’m not kidding this wasn’t an accident misfortune or even a conspiracy.
It was much worse Israel actually conducted an aerial and sea attack on an unarmed USA navy vessel the USS liberty killing 34 Americans and injuring more than 170.
Picture this it was a sunny summer day on June 8 1967. The USA wasn’t having a good year racial discrimination and poverty had sparked riots all over the country. The Vietnam war was raging and 10,000 US soldiers died that year alone.
It was also the height of the cold war and u’s president Lyndon Johnson found himself close to a conflict in the Middle East Israel had surprised the world and its Arab neighbors when it attacked Egypt on June 5th 1967 starting.
What became a massive land grab to give you some context here Arab powers like Egypt and Syria were backed by the soviet union while Israel was backed by the USA and allied powers.
Back to that sunny day on June 8 the uses liberty a state of the art US intelligence gathering vessel was sailing across Mediterranean waters and into the war zone the spy ship was in international waters off the Egyptian coast in Sinai.
Exclusive interviews obtained by Al-Jazeera reveal the shocking details of the entire incident our primary purpose was to intercept communications of the Russian spy aircraft as it were at Alexandria Egypt and that was our job was to find them.
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Following year American aid to Israel increased fourfold and Johnson signed a classified treaty with Israel for the mutual exchange of intelligence an agreement that is still in place yeah it’s all pretty hard to believe have stranger things happened.