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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Listener Feedback: Israeli Spies Posing As CIA Agents

We spoke recently with historian Mark Perry, who wrote a fascinating story in Foreign Policy magazine detailing how, during the Bush administration, Israeli Mossad agents passed themselves off as American CIA agents, to recruit terrorists from the Sunni insurgent group Jundallah to wage attacks in Iran. It strained U.S. – Israeli relations, because as a retired U.S. intelligence officer told Mark, the U.S. doesn’t do “bang and boom,” or assassinations.

Many of you were fascinated!

But listener Mark Miller writes:

“The claim that the U.S. doesn’t do assassinations is ludicrous on its face, in light of the fact that most of our current war on terrorism is based on the drone attacks.”

And Mark also goes on to say that we should have pointed out that the Israelis have denied this so-called Mossad false flag operation, and that our guest Mark Perry had a bias against Israel because he had past ties with Palestinians.

It is true that one Israeli official has denied the plot, but Mark Perry says Mossad hasn’t. He also acknowledges he was an unpaid adviser to Yasser Arafat, but was also friends with Yitzhak Rabin, who shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Arafat and Shimon Peres. Here’s his entire response:

The Mossad did not deny the story. A reporter in Israel, Amir Oren, said that he talked with a Mossad official who denied the story. That’s different. The Mossad has remained silent. So far as I know, no Mossad official named or unnamed denied the report. I was an unpaid advisor to Yasser Arafat for many years and knew him well. There are Americans who are friends and advisors of Mr. Netanyahu who appear on television every day — and no one says a word. I was also, for the record, a friend to Yitzhak Rabin and introduced him here in Washington, D.C. to a meeting of Arab journalists. I have appeared on Al Jazeera. That does not make me pro-Arab, any more than appearing on Israeli television, which I have, makes me pro-Israeli.

The report stands — unblemished — without any denial from the U.S. CIA, the White House, the State Department . . . or the Israeli government.

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