A man I’m proud to call my friend, Dr. Lawrence Franklin, accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States (FBI) of being anti-Semitic. For a period of time in 2004, he admits to having served as a double agent for the FBI, pretending to “spy” for the America Israel Public Action Committee (AIPAC), while also feeding AIPAC and the Israeli Embassy, through Keith Weissman of AIPAC and Naor Gilon with the Israeli Embassy, false or misleading information. At least that is what I think I have gotten out of the articles I’ve read. According to Arutz Sheva, his claims are backed up by former AIPAC staffer Steven Rosen, who was interviewed by the Jerusalem Post.
This article in the Washington Times, details his long and tortuous story, though it has also appeared previously in Haaretz (in articles written by Yossi Melman) and earlier in Haaretz as well as in the Forward in articles by Nathan Guttman.
The story in the Washington Times recites
“You know, I felt dirty sometimes,” Franklin said, detailing his talks with FBI handlers. “One agent said to me, ‘How can an Irish Catholic from the Bronx get mixed up with all these….,’ and I finished the sentence for him: ‘Jews?’” he recalled.
In the Jerusalem Post, Steve Rosen is quoted as saying,
“What these guys believe is that there’s a Jewish cabal, a Jewish conspiracy.”
Most Jews who grew up in the United States (who are over 50 at least), know that a great deal of Jew-hatred is to rife in certain branches of the government there, with prominent examples being the FBI, West Point, and the State Department. There is just no getting around that. It is there, and you run into it in myriads of ways, small and large. Anti-Israel sentiment fomented in the State Department, and now fomented by the by a man in the White House who has ripped the mask of “friendship” from the Israel-America relationship, revealing it for the bullying imperialism it really is, is just part of the whole picture, something too many American Jews do not have the guts or honesty to understand or to absorb.
I knew Larry Franklin when he was still a student of East Asian studies and an officer of the North Bronx Republican Club, of which I was a member some 35 years ago. I knew him then as a man of honor and decency, a man who stuck by his word and acted as he believed in his heart was in the best interests of the country he loves, the United States of America. His behavior, as the articles in the Washington Times and Haaretz reveal, is that this is still his character after all these years in the jungles of politics and academe.
I do not believe that Dr. Franklin’s spying against Israel was the right thing to do, and I’m not afraid to tell him so straight up; but if Larry says he was talked into it by FBI agents, I will believe him over any badge-carrying liar working for what is increasingly a government that hates Jews. The way I see it, Larry was snookered, and is suffering for his idealism and patriotism. Instead of getting a medal for his honorable behavior in the line of duty, he is a convict, condemned by the country he has loved all of his life.
That stinks. I’m glad I left the United States.Powered by Sidelines