Sunday, August 07, 2005

FrontPage :: Nixon: The "Anti-Semite" Who Saved Israel by Jason Maoz

Nixon, Israel and the Yom Kippur War. How Nixon came through in Israel's most desperate hour:

"What is clear, from the preponderance of information provided by those who witnessed or were involved with the unfolding events, is that Nixon - overriding inter-administration objections and bureaucratic inertia - implemented a breathtaking transfer of arms. During a 32-day period beginning October 14, jumbo U.S. military aircraft touched down in Israel 567 times, delivering some 22,300 tons of material. This enabled Israel to reverse its earlier setbacks, surround the Egyptians in the Sinai, and advance deep into Syrian territory.

This was accomplished, as Walter J. Boyne noted in an article in the December 1998 issue of Air Force Magazine, while 'Washington was in the throes of not only post-Vietnam moralizing on Capitol Hill but also the agony of Watergate, both of which impaired the leadership of Richard M. Nixon. Four days into the war, Washington was blindsided again by another political disaster - the forced resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew.'

According to those with firsthand knowledge, it was Nixon's stubborn insistence that propelled the massive arms transfer, code-named Operation Nickel Grass.

'Both Kissinger and Nixon wanted to do [the airlift],' said former CIA deputy director Vernon Walters, 'but Nixon gave it the greater sense of urgency. He said, 'You get the stuff to Israel. Now. Now.''

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