speech by J. Rives Childs dated 1 December 2011
, zionism Source: US NSA
This document is the text of a speech given by Mr J. Rives Childs in 1977 at the invitation of the NSA and the CSS International Affairs Institute. It was never "classified" as such. It is based on Childs experience in the Middle East
, particularly Palestine
and Saudi Arabia
where he was close to King Ibn Saud
in the critical period of 1946-1950.
The speech refers to the "immensely powerful Zionist lobby in the United States" having "bent American foreign policy" from one of benevolence "to an undisguised defense of Israel, to the prejudice of American international interests in the Middle East, in particular our oil interests as well as the attainment of peace" and describes how, from a "position of universal respect and good will we once enjoyed in the Arab world before creation of the State of Israel, we are left with no firm friends on whom we may count in that area except Israel". Childs blames the oil-shock of 1973 on anger against the US due to its support of Israel.
Childs describes how, despite being a top US specialist on the Middle East when he returned to the US in 1973, the Washington Post would not even acknowledge a letter from him that concluded "there is not the least doubt in my mind, based on thirty years experience in the Middle East, that so long as our unconditional support of Israel continues, there will be no peace in that area."
Mr. Childs served as American Consul in Jerusalem in 1923 and then in Cairo, Teheran, Tangier and back in the US in various diplomatic jobs, ending his 30 years in the US Foreign Service as Ambassador to Ethiopia. He died on 15 July 1987 at the age of 94 
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