Israel has a good friend in Rupert Murdoch. Here in the UK, I’m still not sure which is worse – to see a mob of MPs suddenly united against the police, press and seemingly themselves or a mob cowering before Rupert Murdoch and his empire. But aside from the cesspit that is civil life in Britain being exposed via the murder of a teenage girl, there are many revelations to come, decades of them. Some even connect up with the head of the Palestinian Authority’s curious application for UN statehood.
One of the more bizarre revelations – although Scotland Yard on the payroll of those promoting war criminals was pretty odd – concerns Rupert Murdoch and the producer of Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America. It seems that Arnon Milchan is not only a big Hollywood producer but he also traded nuclear triggers with Israel and did a deal with Murdoch for $200 million. Presumably, the nuclear inspectors shuffling around the IAEA HQ in Vienna still manage to get to sleep at night. Maybe they even get to watch Milchan’s films, starring his pals Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who he apparently match-made.
The New York Times tried to make light of it, quoting Murdoch’s former lieutenant, Peter Chernin as saying “Never, never tell jokes about a man with easy access to weapons of mass destruction.” How hilarious.
It turns out that Arnon Milchan, the man Chernin is referring to, worked for the Zionists’ “secret” Lakam Science Liaison Bureau within the Israeli Defense Ministry while he was Last Tycooning in Hollywood. A recent book – “Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan” by IDF veterans, Meir Doron and Joseph Gelman – highlights how he was involved in procuring components to build and maintain Israel’s nuclear arsenal. Hundreds of millions of dollars were paid in commissions on deals between Israel and the U.S. which are now used for Mossad’s assassination squads. We only know anything about it all because of the 1985 indictment of U.S. physicist Richard Kelly Smyth, found guilty of trafficking nuclear weapons components. Smyth jumped bail and was only caught after 16 years on the run. He was eventually extradited from Malaga, Spain to the U.S. and nice American prosecutors dropped 28 counts. Smyth who advised the U.S. Airforce and NATO was done for violating the Arms Export Control Act and a false statement to Customs. He was released on probation in 2005. He also worked for NASA, so let’s hope there aren’t nuclear components on the upper atmosphere research satellite that is falling out of the sky, this weekend.
Whilst Murdoch’s business partner wasn’t accused of any wrongdoing, it took a while for a book to come out that investigated why Israel laundered its U.S.-backed military budget into Hollywood capital. It turns out that Milchan’s accounts were used by Israel “to execute decisions beyond Israel’s borders without the need for the formal budgeting, cabinet approvals, petty internal politics, or leaks to the press that might endanger” operations – that’s Milchan quoted in the book not exactly extolling the virtues of democracy, Zionist-style.
In the wake of the 1973 Ramadan war, itself a clandestine operation of tipoffs by the Kingdom of Jordan, Zionist Milchan procured conventional weapons and ‘krytrons’ which trigger nuclear bombs. For those building nuclear weapons in their bedrooms, ‘krytrons’ haven’t changed much since their invention in the 1930’s for high-speed photography. They are electronic switches and, somewhat worryingly, a quick ‘shopping’ search on the internet revealed that you can buy them for around $20. Anyhow, then came Murdoch.
The director Terry Gilliam whose Brazil was made with Milchan-money said in Los Angeles Magazine, a decade ago, that “personally, I don’t know anyone who has ever made any money with Arnon.” Cynics might say that given Murdoch’s poor business sense (MySpace etc.) he was obviously a good partner proposition. In the same magazine piece, Milchan boasted “I consider him one of my best friends, and I think vice versa.” That’s quite a statement given he was trying to buy MGM with Murdoch’s Australian rival, Kerry Packer a year before he made the deal with News Corporation.
Milchan’s support for apartheid in South Africa, meanwhile, was absolute – though he was cleared of wrongdoing in the U.S. over a $300,000 commission paid to him by Raytheon on Hawk missiles. Nevertheless, his company became the largest defence procurer for the South African government. And Milchan was going into the nuclear weapons business with Israel and South Africa. He was even involved in Israeli nuclear testing at the South Pole. There was also a media angle According to Andrew and Leslie Cockburn’s Dangerous Liaisons,“the Rabin Government recruited…Milchan to launder cash..to purchase influential publications.” No wonder he gets on with Murdoch who uses influential print publications to cast his shadow over the body politic of nations to reduce regulation of his profit-making TV businesses.
But what did Rupert Murdoch know about his best friend, Milchan and his association with the license-less exportation of hundreds of nuclear triggers to Israel? Certainly, the Murdoch press has been unstinting in its support for Zionism. That doyenne of Middle East journalism, Robert Fisk, gave it as a reason for leaving The Times (of London) in 1980s when Murdoch’s henchman spiked his piece about the U.S. shooting down of an Iranian passenger plane killing 290 people including 66 children.
Still, the redoubtable U.S. Customs Department seemed to give up when they tried to subpoena Milchan’s financial records so perhaps there is nothing to link Murdoch’s partner with nuclear weapons trafficking. Records apparently were “missing”. Except that thanks to self-declared Israel-supporters, Meir Doron and Joseph Gelman, we now know that Shimon Peres recruited Murdoch’s friend to work with German company GKT, part of the European consortium Urenco, which produced centrifuges for uranium enrichment. Milchan worked on an operation that involved photos of blueprints of centrifuges accidentally on purpose being left on a kitchen table so they could be photographed and sent to scientists in Dimona. It was Murdoch’s recently acquired Sunday Times that would then reveal Israel’s nuclear weapons facility in Dimona. And, of course, the whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu was then honeytrapped out of Britain and into years of solitary confinement.
Perhaps we can forgive movie-people such as Warren Beatty, Robert De Niro, Sergio Leone and Oliver Stone for needing funding for their movies, regardless of the source. But it all just goes to show how much deeper are the Zionist stitches in the fabric of U.S. cultural, political, financial and political life, deeper than in just K Street and the world’s fifth biggest nuclear power itself, where President Obama’s foreign policy speeches are written. As for the blowback to U.S. interests because of President Obama’s speech, that’s a tale that still has to be written.
Afshin Rattansi is CEO of Alternate Reality Productions Ltd. which makes presently makes the political satire show, Double Standards (www.doublestandardstv.com). He can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org.