August 18, 2005
The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs is a very slick and well-edited monthly that fervently promotes the Arab/Palestinian cause and heaps scorn on Israel and on American Jews. FLAME is a particular bête noir of theirs and they mention our organization in their columns in almost every issue. FLAME President Gerardo Joffe has frequently written them and they have quite often published his letters.
One of the publication’s obsessions is the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS LIBERTY. They have an article about this Israeli “perfidy” in almost every issue. In the current (August) issue, they have once again (not just one, but two) articles on this topic.
I have just received the August issue of your magazine. As always, it is professionally done and very well edited.
But I am surprised and must take exception to what can only be described as your "obsession" with the attack on the USS LIBERTY, which took place in 1967 -- 38 years ago!
You seem to have an article on this deplorable accident in every issue of your publication. The August issue features a "twofer" -- articles by
both Mr. Findley and by Ms. Hanley.
It appears that you keep using this hoary incident as something on which to hang your editorial hatred of Israel.
There are so many other pertinent things that you could mention, such as:
All those were deliberate attacks by Arabs against American assets and personnel. And then there are the regrettable and unavoidable accidents of war (and sometimes peace) such as:
But none of that seems to be of any importance to you -- the USS LIBERTY seems to consume you totally. And nowhere do you mention that Israel, though innocent, paid heavy compensation to the U.S. government and to the victims of this incident.
I hope I live that long, but I would not be surprised if in 50 years from now, you would still editorialize about the "perfidious act of the Israelis" in attacking the USS LIBERTY.
On a somewhat lighter note, in Mr. Kilgore's article, "U.S. Gets Tough on
Israeli Arms Sales to China," he describes the Lavi fighter plane as "US-designed and paid for". Mr. Kilgore is in serious error. The Lavi was totally designed in Israel, though there was indeed some U.S. financial contribution.