Writer accuses U.S. of harming Israel

March 26, 1995|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer

The United States has covertly tried to destroy Israel, and for decades the Republican Party has politically associated with ex-Nazis living in the United States, John J. Loftus alleges in his controversial new book, "The Secret War Against the Jews."

"This book is really a shocking recitation of the things we've done to the only democracy in the Middle East," Mr. Loftus said in a telephone interview last week. "Publicly, we're Israel's ally, but in private we do whatever the oil companies and Arabs suggest.

"It's not so much anti-Semitism, but plain greed."

The former U.S. prosecutor of Nazi war criminals in the United States will discuss his research and his fourth book, released last fall, as guest speaker at the Jewish National Fund's breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Savage Mill.

At the breakfast, Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker will receive the Jewish organization's highest honor, its Tree of Life Award.

The award is being given to Mr. Ecker for his assistance "in bridging the gaps between Jews and non-Jews," said Diane Scar, regional director for the Maryland and Delaware region of the fund.

"What we're trying to do is show individuals there is a place in the Jewish National Fund for Jews and non-Jews alike to support the state of Israel," Ms. Scar said.

The fund is the land development organization for Israel. Money raised at the $175-a-plate breakfast will be used to pay for a reservoir built on the border of Jordan, Ms. Scar said. Though the water does not flow directly to Jordan, the two countries are talking about sharing water resources, she said.

From his St. Petersburg, Fla., home, Mr. Loftus said that his 638-page book resulted from 10 years of interviews with "old spies." He and Mark Aarons, an Australian investigative reporter, took nearly four years to write it.

Under the Carter administration, Mr. Loftus, 45, became one of ++ the first prosecutors for the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations, which pursued Nazi war criminals in the United States. That meant he had access to classified archives of the U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization intelligence services.

During his research, Mr. Loftus said, he discovered that many Nazis he was supposed to prosecute had gone on to work for the United States as spies and then continued to work for the government. Disgusted, he quit his job and became a whistle-blower in 1982.

"It was just absolute horror that this could happen," he said. "I got the impression that one-third of history was classified."

Mr. Loftus says that, despite his research, he can't vouch for everything in his book told by spies. But he said: "I think if even half of the book is true, this is a strong contribution to American history."

In his book, which he said has sold 25,000 copies, Mr. Loftus alleges that the United States covertly tried to block Israel's creation, later employed secret intelligence efforts against Israel and targeted American Jews for wiretaps.

"Everyday people are kind of in shock when you put all the covert operations into one book. It looks awful," Mr. Loftus said.

Though he hasn't read the book, Steve Shaw, executive director for the Jewish Federation of Howard County, said Mr. Loftus "has an important message. There are a lot of things that the average American is unaware of that goes on in government, and it's important to know these things."

For more information about the breakfast, call (410) 486-3317.

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