Krim was a former Irgun operative and one of his watchers. [Raz] refuses to accept the assertion that the claims Israel hit the ship deliberately are a conspiracy.
Israel apologized and paid compensation to the victims’ families. Israeli pilot to IDF war room: But sir, it’s an American ship – I can see the flag! is not convinced the attack had higher-ups’ approval, but it cites an Israeli historian’s diggings raising questions about that narrative, and documents the Israeli belief that the attack could open a “malignant wound” in U. the Israel State Archives posted hundreds of documents on its website related to the USS Liberty affair. One of the documents Raz found among the hundreds of papers published by the State Archives is the Israeli Foreign Ministry correspondence that was sent from New York to Jerusalem.
And the chief adherents of these theories are survivors of the attack or family members, or U. S.-Israel special relationship, yet President Lyndon Johnson, who was far more friendly to Israel than John Kennedy, was willing to let the matter pass without a blow-up.
That pattern, of letting the Liberty attack go as just some kind of misunderstanding, has persisted to this day in the American media silence about the case even on its 50th anniversary. Three years ago Al Jazeera did an investigation of the case, concluding: The top Israeli commanders, [former CIA official Bobby Ray Inman] explained, had known exactly what they were doing when they attacked the Liberty and when it came to holding them to account, the US government rolled over for them.
News media that learned of the attack were warned not to run stories on the assault by powerful forces within our society and, as a result of that suppression, most Americans still do not know about the assault.
We have recently remembered a number of notable anniversaries, including D-Day.
The CIA’s Richard Helms observed that “few in Washington” could believe that the attack was a fluke.However, I saw no coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty, which was in international waters during the Six Day War.Thirty-four Americans were killed and 171 were injured.Then there was President Johnson, who ordered a stand-down of any Liberty defense during the two-hour aggression.At the time he was entertaining Mathilde Krim in the White House.