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#BackToTheFuture
Summer 1985
Israel sets off IranContra.
In playing Iran-Iraq against each other. 🇮🇱 ‘s secret arms shipments from Russia thru Poland to Iran (brokered by Robert Maxwell, father of Ghislaine) weren’t cutting it. Israel PM Shimon Peres & Yitzhak Shamir had a plan.
Get their most important asset Robert Maxwell to use John Tower (a powerful US Republican Senator from Texas who sold out to become an Israeli asset for 200k - his own asking price) to “persuade President Reagan to start supplying arms to Iran.”
Nahum Admoni (Dir of Mossad) and David Kimche (Deputy Dir) worked out the logistics. “The request should be presented on the basis that it [would be] the best way to free the American hostages in Beriut.
US involvement would be kept secret.”
“Adnan Khashoggi (uncle of Jamal) and others Kimche had assembled would be the front men in the transaction.”
Maxwell “was ebuillent. He said the plan would not only work, but he was the man to ensure Tower would pull it off.”
Two days later Robert Maxwell has dinner with John Tower in DC. “Tower worked his way through a plate of Texas-styles chili and vintage Krug.
He asked the important question: how high did the plan go? Maxwell named Peres & Shamir as its sponsors. Tower was satisfied.”
“Two days later the former Senator reported to Maxwell that his meeting with President Reagan has produced a positive response. The arms-for-hostages deal was on.
Maxwell called Peres in Tel Aviv to tell him.”
“Events moved fast. Peres sent Kimche to Washington to nail down the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the deal.
Kimche met with Robert C McFarlane (‘Bud’), the former Marine who was one of Reagan’s closest aides.” McFarlane spoke as Reagan’s voice and gave the green light.
After the meeting, Kimche was elated. “He placed a call to Maxwell and told him the news.
‘I told you it would be OK,” Maxwell boomed. ‘That’s what I’m good at. Making things work.”
Correction to above image:
Deserves its own tweet anyway
#IranContra
Former US Senator from Texas
#JohnTower
Sold out to be an Israeli Asset
For $200,000
- His own asking price -
#BackToTheFuture 1985
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