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August 11, 2014 6:00 pm

EXCLUSIVE: How Richard Nixon Helped Save Israel (EXCERPT)

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Editor’s note; In connection with the 40th Anniversary of the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon, Roger Stone is releasing his second book, Nixon’s Secrets: The Rise, Fall and Untold Truth about the President, Watergate, and the Pardon (Skyhorse Publishing), on August 11th. Stone was a close confidante and adviser to Nixon during his post-presidency.

Below is an exclusive excerpt where Stone writes of President Nixon’s support of Israel during the Yom Kippur War, despite much opposition from both his Cabinet and Congress.

At 6 a.m. on Saturday October 6, 1973 White House Chief of Staff Alexander Haig woke up President Nixon at his home in California with news that Egypt and Syria had attacked Israel.

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The news of Middle East aggression shocked the American foreign policy and intelligence communities to such an extent that a study prepared by the CIA Center for the Study of Intelligence in conjunction with the Nixon Presidential Library concluded, “To intelligence historians, the October 1973 war is almost synonymous with ‘intelligence failure.'”

It became clear in the hours after the attack that the Arabs had surprised Israeli forces and the Israeli state faced the greatest threat to its survival since the original war of independence three decades earlier. Along the border with Syria, along the so-called Golan Heights, 180 Israeli tanks faced 1,400 Syrian tanks supplied by the Soviet Union; likewise Egypt crossed the Suez with 80,000 soldiers facing little Israeli opposition.

In the days following the Yom Kippur attacks Israel suffered a number of setbacks, and Washington became increasingly concerned. Nixon alone concluded that the US must step in to back Israel against Arab forces whose primary military supplier was the Soviet Union—the 1973 war became more than just necessary to save the Jewish state, it became a struggle between the world’s preeminent Super Powers. Kissinger opposed the US action.

It is one of history’s great ironies that Nixon’s proposed airlift played an integral role in the salvation of the Jewish state, as in the years since the release of the Watergate Tapes it has become one of the established facts of the Nixon mythos that the president was a raving anti-Semite. The tapes continue to damn Nixon, who maintained a cognitive dissonance when it came to several prominent Jewish members of his senior staff-Kissinger, White House counsel Leonard Garment, and speechwriter William Safire as well as economist Herb Stein.

In one rant from 1971, Nixon railed against the Jews who in his estimation were both “all over the government” and disloyal, he told Haldeman that the Jews needed to be controlled by placing someone at the top “who is not Jewish.” Incredible, given the position in which he would find himself in two short years, Nixon would argue to Haldeman that, “most Jews are disloyal,” and “generally speaking, you can’t trust the bastards. They turn on you.” In another exchange, just months before the 1973 war, Nixon rants to Kissinger about American Jews and what he saw as their selfish view of foreign policy.

On a call on April 19, 1973, Nixon revealed a concern that American Jews would “torpedo” a US-Soviet summit vowing that, “If they torpedo this summit… I’m gonna put the blame on them, and I’m going to do it publicly at nine o’clock at night before eighty million people”. Then, perhaps most damning, Nixon would go on to argue, “I won’t mind one goddamn bit to have a little anti-Semitism if it’s on that issue… they put the Jewish interest above America’s interest and it’s about goddamn time that the Jew in America realizes he’s an American first and a Jew second.”

Yet, Nixon would play a pivotal role in protecting the Jewish state, as Nixon recognized that the defeat of Israel was unthinkable for US interests. Nixon went to Congress to request authorization for emergency aid for Israel despite the Gulf States announcing a price increase of seventy percent in the wake of the Arab assault. After Nixon went to Congress for authorization, the Gulf States responded vigorously, announcing a total boycott of the United States, causing the oil shock of 1973.

The Gulf States’ retaliation simply served to further entrench the opposition of many who had fought to slow or halt the shipment of weapons to the Israelis (the former being represented by Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Kissinger, the latter being represented by Secretary of Defense Schlesinger). Nixon hit the roof when he learned that Kissinger was delaying the airlift because of a concern that it would offend the Russians. Despite the opposition of his national security and foreign policy brain trust, Nixon ordered the airlift, saying, “We are going to get blamed just as much for three planes as for three hundred,” and later in exasperation at the slow start of US support, said “Use every [plane] we have—everything that will fly.”

Finally, after several days of internal politicking amongst the upper echelons of the Administration, Nixon got his airlift: “Operation Nickel Grass.” Over the course of the airlift 567 missions were flown, delivering over 22,000 tons of supplies, and an additional 90,000 tons were delivered to Israel by sea. Later in her life, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir would admit that upon hearing of the airlift during a cabinet meeting, she began to cry.

Nixon’s loyalty drove him to save a US ally from the threat of utter destruction despite the real risk of economic crisis, and political cost to himself. To borrow the phrase from the Kennedy clan, Nixon’s decision to aid Israel was a true “profile in courage.”

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  • Back in the 1973 there was a mistake about where the border between Egypt and Israel, some shots were fired but stopped after about a hour when I talked with the field commanders of both sides. They wanted us, the US to take credit for breaking up the fight. How was I going to make such a little thing I did look bad? I asked President Nixon if he could send some troops inland for a few days. He did and said to the General to use up alot of ammunition to make the numbers look real high. Shoot at hills, sand dunes, anything I heard him say on the speaker phone. That one hour war is now in history as the Yom Kippur War.

  • Wakeup America

    The 1973 Yom Kippur war against Israel from the South and from the North drove many in Israel, both in the Military and the Government to the realization that Israel 25 yrs. experience was coming to an end.
    No doubt, that unless one believed in miracles, 1973 Yom Kippur war was driving Israel to a complete collapse, which would have eventually led Israel to execute the ‘Samson Option’ ; The name military analysts have given to Israel’s deterrence strategy of massive retaliation with nuclear weapons as a “last resort” if military attacks threaten its existence.

    Nixon understood this treat and the implication such doctrine could have, leading to a global war, which would have utterly annihilated humanity from the face of the earth, with a guaranteed escalation from the USSR and the likely retaliation from the US ..etc. We can only hope that current and future governments around the world understand that Israel is here to stay .. or else ..

    • Robert Weintraub

      Without taking anything away fro Nixon the fact is that Israel had halted the Egyptian/Syrian advance before the first US aid arrived. One could argue that Israel could not have defeated the Egyptian/Syrian armies without US aid. Still the 73 attack was as much a Pearl Harbor as the attack on Hawaii. Yet it took four years for the US to set things right with Japan while Israel defeated her enemies in 17 days.

    • Ajamm

      Thank God. And yes, please stay Israel.

    • Ajamm

      Thank God of Israel. And please stay, Israel.

    • Ajamm

      Wakeup America: Wake up America? Wake up World! Wake up UN!

  • Laurence I Burstein

    Not quite correct: Al Haig Saved Israel.

    Haig did not want to wake Nixon at 2:00 am when the Israeli SOS call came in for help. Haig forged Nixons`signature at 3:00am ordering the US to immediately resupply Israel with all weapons by airlift. Haig presented Nixon with the order for the arms airlift at 7:30am which he then signed.

  • I’ve also heard that Nixon remembered what his mother said to him when he was but a child regarding Israel, she said to Nixon that if he ever had a chance to help Israel in his lifetime that he must do it because they are God’s chosen people….Nixon said that he would never forget that and when PM Golda called him for US help, he made it happen. Thank God! I truly believe after Nixon defended the Jewish people, the elites had it out for him and set him up…but that’s ok because it’s better to stand for something good and fall then to stand for nothing! Also, People need to understand when they say the Zionists are all the Jews and they are responsible for all of the wars and such, it’s so not true. I hate when people down Israel when referring to the Illumanti elites who are fake Jews. There is a TRUE Jewish people that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said we are to always protect and pray for. The evil Zionists are not the true Jewish people and don’t let anyone tell you anything different! Jesus said, there would be wolves walking around in sheep’s clothing and i believe they are the ones who say they are Jews but are truly not and who want a NWO, a one world government with the antichrist leading the pack…And the fake Jewish Zion and the most evil man in the U.S. history, Kissinger! This devil mind controlling elitist, existentialist, NWO worshipper is supposedly a Jew but yet he has done nothing but to try destroy Israel’s right to exist and it’s land! What TRUE Jewish person would do that?! I’ll tell ya, NO TRUE JEWiSH person would do that, they would fight for Israel til the death because of the promise of God given to their Father Abraham, Isaac and Jacob(Israel). Wake up people, there is an evil beast system agenda happening to destroy America and bring all under tyranny of the NWO. Jesus is just one prayer away to ask him to be your Savior and He will deliver those who serve Him from the ungodly things about to happen to this world…Pray the for peace of Jerusalem and know that Jesus loves the Jewish people and wants us to always support them. God bless!

    • Randa Talley

      Good comment, Trish! Agree 1000% 😉 We must’ve read the same book about Nixon saving Israel after a desperate phone call late at night from Golda Meir telling him he was their only chance at survival, then he recalls the prophetic words of his mother. That’s how God works. I like a quote I heard on tv today that someone was before a dignitary that asked for proof of the majesty of God and he simply replies…”The Jew.” Good answer! #againstallodds

    • Diana Kelley-Hess

      I love what you wrote and I am in agreement with you. Thank you for your wonderful post my friend.. I heard this morning a man I listen to on Facebook who has a program called Israeli News live, can’t remember his name, but he is probably one of the best people to listen and watch news of what’s happening especially when it comes to Israel and the Pope. He is well informed and as we know we are in the end times and a NWO is being set up right now, and soon we will all know who the Anti-Christ is, the pope has a large role to play. I could write a book but this will have to suffice..

  • Kissinger thinks Obama would be the perfect president for the UN and for the “New World Order”

  • Larinthian

    If you are someone that believes actions speak louder than words, this is a testament that this belief is just and true. Both Nixon and Truman were known to make anti Semitic comments. But, in the end, they did the right thing. Truman is my favorite president. He came from modest means but his agricultural background, instilled the ideals of hard work, tenacity, and sacrificing expedience for long term goals. Truman’s closest friend Eddie Jacobson, was Jewish. They met in the military, opened a store, and maintained a very close and trusting relationship throughout their lives. Jacobson played an integral role in lessoning tensions between Truman and Weitzman. Truman was a man of integrity and morals. When he met Weitzman in a number of meetings and Truman said he would not only recognize the state of Israel but also would make sure that other countries voted for Israel as well. When someone from the Jewish coalition tried to bribe Truman, after he gave his word, he was insulted. Jacobson only went to visit Truman in Washington once and never asked Truman for anything except this one time. Let’s remember, these events happened only a few years after the Holocaust, and understandably, was wary and suspicious of those in authority. If Roosevelt didn’t become sick and passed away, I don’t think there would be an Israel today. As we discovered years later, Roosevelt was not the champion of the Jews people thought he was. Perhaps the way things turned out could have been a divine intervention. Within Truman’s inter circle of trusted confidants and advisors was general George Marshall, a man who was highly regarded by Truman. Marshall was against the recognition of Israel. Cliff Clifford was for the recognition of Israel. Things became quite heated between Marshall and Clifford. When Truman asked for Marshall’s opinion, he said he would obey any decision Truman made but he never spoke to Clifford again. It’s also worth mentioning that Truman’s wife was also against the establishment of Israel. Truman demonstrated great courage to go against people he highly valued. We should all recognize Truman’s actions that led to the eventual establishment of modern day Israel.

    Richard Nixon was also known to make anti Semitic remarks. But established a close relationship with Golda Meir, who Nixon highly respected for her intelligence and courage. Could the argument that part of what motivated Nixon’s decision to authorize equipment being shipped to Israel was do to the fact that the Soviets backed the Arabs at a time when the cold war was still deeply entrenched? Yes, but the fact remains that regardless of the motivation, Nixon still demonstrated a healthy dose of courage. Nixon was well aware of both the political and historical liabilities involved. Whenever the topic of favorite U.S. presidents is discussed, I usually get the same reaction. When I say Truman, people seem to understand my reasoning. But, when I say Nixon, I get some strange looks. If you look at the whole picture of Nixon’s presidency instead of just Watergate, Nixon did an effective job both in national and international affairs. Nixon’s most widely known and accepted accomplishments was the establishment of relations between the U.S. and China after many years of exclusion. Nixon also played a major role in ending the very unpopular Vietnam war. While I am not condoning Watergate by any means, I think the actions of Obama particularly in foreign relations is even worse. The only difference is Obama is a Democrat and Democrats have always been favored by the media over the Republicans. The media is the gatekeeper of information. Many of Obama’s indiscretions on both the national and international issues have been swept under the rug.

    Ultimately, it would be nice to have politicians that both say and do the right thing. But, in life, there are very few things that are optimal. I would rather have someone who makes disparaging remarks but does the right thing, instead of a lot of meaningless sweet talk. The only time political correctness is not exercised is when the conversation involves the Jews or Israel. Then people have no problem expressing themselves.

    • Robert Weintraub

      Sorry to rain on your parade but Truman was not a friend of Israel . While the US supported the UN partition resolution in November, 1947 it refused to sell weapons to Israel.

      Immediately after the passage of the partition resolution armed Arab bands entered Palestine for the purpose of killing its Jewish inhabitants.

      This low level war continued until May, 14, 1948 when
      the regular Arab states invaded Israel in order to destroy “drive the Jews into the sea.”

      At no time did Truman call for United Nations to act to protect the Israel that the UN created. Instead Truman issued an arms embargo against Israel. While the US did not act during the first few days of the war when it looked like the Arabs were ahead Truman called for cease fires as soon as Israel turned the tide.

      Israel produced most of the weapons it needed by itself. It bought weapons from communist Czechoslovakia including five German fighter planes. surplus from WW 11. These planes gave Israel air superiority and helped her win the war.

  • PJohnson

    I don’t see outbursts of frustration directed at American Jews as necessarily anti-Semitic. American Jews, politically at least, are a contradiction – overwhelming supporting Democrats who overwhelmingly don’t support Israel, but are rife with lip service. Besides were Nixon truly anti-Semitic why would he have had so many jewish advisors in high places? Keep your friends close and your enemies closer? I don’t think so. True bigots have no such sentiments.

  • RUTHSIEGEL

    some times we are our worst enemies …. and Kissenger was a cool cat when Israel was concerned

  • HaDaR

    It would be nice if it were true…
    IN REALITY, and I got this from Zeev Caroz, then very high in the Mossad, the US FOR ELEVN DAYS REFUSED TO SEND EVEN A BULLET to help Israel, all while Syria received a 24/7 series of airlifts from the USSR. Kissinger was RECORDED saying, “let Israel bleed”. THAT COST US 3,500 dead Israelis! Such a disgusting position, from the notoriously antisemitic Richard Nixon, the same who had been highly places to run the entrance of nazis in the US after W.W. II (see John Loftus “The Secret War Against THE Jews” for that and MANY OTHER pearls), change ONLY after a phone call to Washington in the middle of the night made by Golda Meir, who was responsible with Dayan, in spite of army opinions, of the decision NOT TO ATTACK EGYPT after Egypt mobilzed the army, saying the infamous “they won’t dare”. Golda Meir picked-up the phone in mid-morning Israel’s time and called the President of the UNited States, woke him up, and, not giving him the possibility to say a word in response, said: “Mr. President, you MUST know that IF WE GO, WE ALL GO”…which was a CLEAR THREAT.

  • Richard Sherwin

    Right wrong or indifferent, and he wasnt the latter, he opened up China, helped Israel, and at least HAD a comprehensive and comprehensible foreign policy. The good old days. Personally I think he should have let his ‘advisors’ take the fall, it’s not the business of the President to do so, for Watergate. The others covered up better.

    • Sharon Bolling

      You are absolutely right, Mr. Sherwin. He should have let his advisors pay for the crimes they committed instead of covering them up.

  • Robert Butler

    It was also under Nixon that the US developed better relations with red China. Next to Obama he was a truly great president. Obama is the worst president in history and should be impeached without delay. Problem is then that idiot Biden comes in. What a choice, an enemy or an idiot. Poor USA

    • Margarete Healy

      Right on!

    • RUTHSIEGEL

      wow which chose is better or worse………I don’t know and it killing me…..and our country is being destroyed by them both

      • RUTHSIEGEL

        but Nixon was the first president to send planes and equipment and aid to Israel and saved her,,,

  • Otto Waldmann

    It was , in fact, a realistic recognition that Israel was and still is the most reliable, INDISPENSIBLE just force against the evil of anti-Western jihadist onslaught.Just like in 1973, today Israel is facing and blowing out of water a coalition of mobsters who are aiming not just at Israel but at the rest of the world. The numerous demonstrations covering the streets of Paris, Amsterdam, London, New York, Boston and Sydney are only the pernicious tentacles of a monster sworn to bring the kind of Hamas, ISIS et.coy. onto our streets, our lives.

  • Arty Cohn

    The paragraph refering to Sec. of Defense Schlesinger is unclear. It seems to say that while Kissinger wanted to slow the arms supply to Israel, Schlesinger wanted to halt it completely. Is this what the author meant? It contradicts what I’ve read elsewhere

  • art frank

    Whatever you may think of Nixon, he was a savior to Israel.

    • steven L

      Just as he gave a dam about the Russian Jews, Kissinger gave a dam about Israel and any Jew. If I am correct,some suggest that Kissinger knew 24-48 hrs in advance that Egypt& Syria were about to attack.

  • NCS

    G-d used Nixon inspite of himself. He bypassed Nixon’s political anger to save Israel. Kissinger was no friend to Israel.

  • b cooper

    The foremost and most forceful advocate for Israel was
    General Alexander Haig. He was not just the President waker-upper. He was the prime mover and savior. The author is correct in that the strongest opposition was Kissinger.

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  • Goudeket, J

    The fact that Henry Kissinger had deemed it necessary to warn Israel not only from a pre-emptive strike in ’73 but even by delaying to give Israel intelligence, prevented timely mobilization and caused lot’s of extra soldier’s death was a black stain on the administration however.

  • rbockman

    In Nixon’s resupply effort the US was denied landing rights in Spain. Kissinger was against the effort probably because the Israelis didn’t like him, they referred to him as “JewBoy”

    • zvi

      No, they referred to him as Jew boy, thereafter!!!

    • Scott

      Kissenger apparently wanted Israel to “bleed a little” (I think as one biographer put it).
      He was trying to gain concessions from the Israelis on land for peace.

      We see how well that’s worked out……

    • Scott

      Kissenger apparently wanted Israel to “bleed a little” (I think as one biographer put it).
      He was trying to gain concessions from the Israelis on land for peace.

      We see how well that’s worked out……

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