The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

THE ex­po­sure of Ben Ami Kadish, a Jewish-Amer­i­can spy for Is­rael in the 1980s, pro­voked an emo­tional re­ac­tion from one com­pa­triot: “As a Jewish per­son liv­ing in the US, I would like to tell Is­rael to in­form the US now about any other skele­tons that it may have in its closet. Af­ter Pol­lard, Is­rael promised the US that there will be no more spy­ing by Is­rael in the US, and I sin­cerely hope they’ve kept that prom­ise. This is sim­ply the stu­pid­est move in the his­tory of Is­raeli-US re­la­tions. What­ever ben­e­fit there was to the intelligence gath­ered by Pol­lard and al­legedly Kadish, it is a drop in the ocean of prob­lems it has caused Is­rael. It has dam­aged Amer­i­can con­fi­dence in Is­rael, dis­tanced sup­port­ers, strength­ened op­po­nents in places like the State De­part­ment, pro­vided lever­age to push Is­rael’s politi­cians, etc. This spy­ing has also been quite harm­ful to Amer­i­can Jews and in fact to all of Jews out­side of Is­rael. It calls into ques­tion Jews’ loy­al­ties, raises the spec­tre of a fifth col­umn, dam­ages the ca­reers of any Jew in uni­form whether it be mil­i­tary, home­land se­cu­rity, se­cret ser­vices or even po­lice forces. It forces peo­ple to take sides when the two sides are ac­tu­ally al­lies. What could be stupi­der!?” jew­li­

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