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Dangerous Liaison: Inside Story of the Covert United States-Israeli Relationship [Hardcover]

Andrew Cockburn , Leslie Cockburn
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16 Jan 1992
Since its founding in 1948, Israel has enjoyed a close relationship with the USA (closer at times than others), thanks largely to the substantial and vocal population of American Jews. But this, as the authors aim to show here, is only part of the picture. They claim there is a hidden dark side to the US-Israeli liaison, one responsible for a wide variety of corrupt, illegal, dangerous and unprincipled activity. It includes Project KK Mountain, funded by the CIA to the tune of $20 million a year, by means of which Israeli agents are said to have influenced newly-independent black African governments - among others, Idi Amin; undercover Israeli operations aimed at developing a nuclear bomb; a joint CIA-Israeli plot to bring down Nasser before the 1967 war; the huge expansion of the Israeli arms industry - with American help; Israeli efforts to block Detente in the 1970s through backing Jewish Defense League thugs in the US; the Pentagon-Israeli defence establishment connection, and the strong links between Israel and South Africa (in 1981 General Ariel Sharon actually led a column of South African troops into Angola). The authors offer evidence of the training of death squads and other undercover operations on behalf of Noriega and drug lords in Central America by "retired" Israeli officers and of Israeli involvement in Contra funding and Irangate.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd (16 Jan 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0370314050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0370314051
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,887,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Israel Unmasked 13 April 2009
By S Wood
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Andrew and Leslie Cockburns 1991 book on Israels relations with the C.I.A is still a valuable book with regard to the reality of the Israeli States involvement in the world at large.

It details a diverse range of issues from the arms deals to Iran which continued seamlessly from the Shah to the Ayatolah, Israeli involvement with the right wing dictatorships of Central America, its collaboration with apartheid era South Africa on weapons programmes (nuclear and conventional), its kidnapping and murder operations overseas aswell as spying and industrial espionage in the United States.

Even for the most hardened cynic of Israeli actions (based on a study of reality not prejudice) will be astonished at the sheer opportunism and sickening character of Israeli actions including arms sales and training to Columbian drug cartels. The nature of the Israeli Arms industry is curtly summed up in the statement of an industry executive bemoaning the "threat of peace" and the end of the murderous wars of Central America.

Other issues involve the Israelis contempt for the sovereignty of other nations - witness the ham fisted murder of a Norwegian waiter of Morrocan origins in front of his pregnant girlfriend and the abduction of the courageous Israeli whistle blower Vanunu from Italy.

There is no limit to the opportunism of the Israeli establishment, "Is it good for Israelis?" seems to be the only measure - morals, ethics are just not in the picture. Even their closest allies in the U.S. are treated with contempt from time to time for instance the Israelis had intelligence relating to the truck bombing of U.S. personnel in Lebanon in 1983 but didnt pass it on.

One looks forward to the day the Israelis are put in their place, ie.
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