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The U.S.-Israel Special Relationship — Grant Smith on Weapons and Uranium Smuggling and Alison Weir on The History of Zionism

A brief history of un-prosecuted Israeli smuggling and espionage cases by Grant F. Smith – AND
What every American needs to know about Israel/Palestine by Alison Weir, founder of If Americans Knew

Alison Weir and Grant Smith were the lead organizers of The National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel Special Relationship on March 7, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington DC.

By strange coincidence one of the topics covered by Grant Smith became international news exactly as I was preparing his talk for broadcast on TUC Radio. On April 17th, 2014, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists released an article with the intriguing title: Did Israel steal bomb-grade uranium from the United States?

The authors, Victor Gilinsky and Roger J. Mattson, had suspected that Israel, in the 1960s, stole the uranium from the Apollo, Pennsylvania, plant of NUMEC, the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation. They now credit the release of classified documents in March 2014, that contain much of the proof they were looking for, to the work of researcher Grant Smith.

Grant Smith is Executive Director of the Washington DC based Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy. For the past ten years he has been investigating the role of Israel and its domestic lobby, AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, in influencing US Middle East policy.

Alison Weir is president of the Council for the National Interest, created by ambassadors and former Congressmen in 1989 and executive director of If Americans Knew. That s a nonprofit organization she founded when she came to the conclusion that if Americans knew the history and present reality of Palestine under Israeli occupation US foreign policy in the middle east would no longer be so one-sidedly supportive of Israel. She writes and speaks widely on Israel-Palestine, and has given talks at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Berkeley, and Georgetown.

The U.S.-Israel Special Relationship — Is Israel really a U.S. ally? — Three retired members of the CIA present their answers

The National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel Special Relationship

Three former high level CIA employees were the speakers on the last panel of the one day summit at the National Press Club in Washington DC. held on March 7, 2014. Paul Pillar, Ray McGovern and Philip Giraldi addressed the question: Is Israel really a U.S. ally?

Professor Paul Pillar retired in 2005 from a 28-year career in the CIA. His last position was National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia. He was Executive Assistant to Director of Central Intelligence William Webster. He studied at Oxford and Princeton and is now a non-resident senior fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies.

Ray McGovern is the retired CIA officer turned political activist. In his 27 years with the CIA McGovern chaired National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the President’s Daily Brief. When he retired he received the Intelligence Commendation Medal. He returned the medal in 2006 in protest at the CIA’s involvement in torture.

Philip Giraldi is a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer who worked for 18 years for the CIA in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain. He may be the most high profile ex CIA person on the panel, having appeared on Good Morning America, MSNBC, National Public Radio, the BBC, FOX News, al-Jazeera, 60 Minutes and many more. From The National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel Special Relationship by a TUC Radio Presentation.

This was the last of a four part series of reports from The National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel Special Relationship. For all speeches of that day in video, audio or transcript go to the web site of the national summit at

The Anti-war Progressive Teach-in broaches upon some of the most highly charged subjects of our day—War & Peace, national healthcare, women’s rights, human rights, civil rights, torture, vets against the war, freedom, democracy, protest, demonstrations, etc. We scour the world to find and gather debates and presentations that are extremely informative and educational. Related subjects are also discussed. It provides key information for the uninitiated and the initiated alike.


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