How Israel Saved American Lives in Vietnam

  • Via Washington Examiner: During the 1967 Six-Day War, the Syrian army in the Golan Heights abandoned its posts and left Soviet-supplied equipment behind. Consequently, the Israelis captured state-of-the-art Soviet military technology intact – the very same equipment that American soldiers were facing in Vietnam.
  • Israel captured nine Soviet SA-2 surface-to-air missiles, along with their blueprints and operating instructions. Israel was more than happy to share what they had with the U.S.
  • In 1969, an Israeli commando team crossed the Suez Canal and captured an intact P-12 radar system used in conjunction with the SA-2s. These systems had wreaked havoc on American air operations for years.
  • In 1965, North Vietnam’s SA-2 hit-per-launch ratio was 1 to 15. In 1972, the hit-per-launch ratio was 1 to 50. The ability to jam North Vietnamese SAM radars had to have come from somewhere.
  • In 1978, former U.S. Air Force intelligence chief Gen. George Keegan spoke about the intelligence the U.S. gains from Israel: “I could not have procured the intelligence on the Soviet air forces, their combat capabilities, their new weapons, their jamming and their electronics and their SAMs, with five CIAs.”

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