FLASHBACK - Lawsuit Challenges U.S. “Ambiguity” Toward Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

FLASHBACK - Lawsuit Challenges U.S. “Ambiguity” Toward Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal

In 1958 Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion designated super-lobbyist Abraham Feinberg as the North American coordinator to raise funds for Israel’s clandestine nuclear weapons program. Feinberg was a natural choice. He bundled Israel lobby funds for Democratic presidential campaigns from Harry S Truman to Lyndon B. Johnson. In the 1940s he led the charge to successfully beat back Justice Department attempts to prosecute a huge network of false front organizations illicitly smuggling surplus U.S. WW II weapons and equipment to Jewish fighters in Palestine for Israel’s “War of Independence.” On the atomic front, Feinberg chaperoned U.S. charities channeling hundreds of millions of tax-exempt donations into Israeli research organizations—such as the Weizmann Institute of Science—working on the bomb.

The Israel lobby’s biggest obstacle in furthering Israel’s drive for the bomb was John F. Kennedy. After being elected president in 1960, Kennedy not only insisted on inspections of Israel’s Dimona nuclear weapons plant, but began subjecting key Israel lobby organizations to rigorous enforcement of the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). After LBJ took over the White House, FARA enforcement largely ended, and the Johnson administration mostly looked the other way, even ignoring CIA and FBI alerts that Israeli agents were diverting weapons-grade uranium from an Apollo, Pennsylvania plant of the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC) to Israel.