Menachem Begin’s personal hatred of the British,
lead to Israel rearming Argentina in Falklands conflict.
Israel secretly supplied arms and equipment to Argentina during the
Falklands War due to Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s personal hatred of
the British, a new book discloses.
Air-to-air missiles, missile radar alert systems, fuel tanks for
fighter bombers and gas masks were dispatched from Israel apparently
destined for Peru but were then transported on to Argentina, it claims.
As the British Task Force sent to reclaim the islands after the 1982
Argentine invasion began to get the upper hand, Argentina’s ruling
military junta was left with few choices from which to source
replacements for equipment lost in war.
But according to Hernan Dobry’s Operation Israel: the Rearming of
Argentina During the Dictatorship, the junta found that Begin was
willing to strike an agreement.
The author, an Argentine journalist, said Begin saw the deals as a form
of revenge for the hanging of a friend, Dov Gruner, by the British
Mandatory Authorities in Palestine in 1947.
Was it an Isreali supplied bullet that killed Lieutenant-Colonel H. Jones?