“With friends like Israel, we have no need of enemies!”
On June 8, 1967, US Navy intelligence ship USS Liberty was suddenly and brutally attacked on the high seas an international waters by the air and naval forces of Israel. The Israeli forces attacked with full knowledge that this was an American ship and lied about it. Survivors have been forbidden for 40 years to tell their story under oath to the American public. Since I was at the time the Intelligence Operations Officer of the 4th US Armored Division in Goeppingen, Germany, I was the one to bring this sad story to Colonel Antero Akkula, who immediately ordered me to bring this sad story to the attention of General Sherrer, our commanding General. As I raced up the flight of stairs to the General’s office, I was struck by the perfidy of our Israeli “Ally”. When I stood silently in the General’s doorway, I heard him say: With friends like Israel, we have no need of enemies! The USS Liberty Memorial web site tells the story of Israeli betrayal. The USS Liberty Memorial web site tells the story of Israeli betrayal, and is dedicated to the memory of the 34 brave men who died. After surveiling USS Liberty for more than nine hours with almost almost hourly aircraft overflights and radar tracking, the air and naval forces of Israel attacked the Liberty in international waters without warning. USS Liberty was identified as a US naval ship by Israeli reconnaissance aircraft nine hours before the attack and continuously tracked by Israeli radar and aircraft thereafter. Sailing in international waters at less than five knots, with no offensive armament, the Liberty was not a military threat to anyone. The Israeli forces attacked without warning and without attempting to contact the ship. Thirty four Americans were killed in the attack and another 174 were wounded.