In 1992 former United States Representative Paul Findley remarked that “in all the words written about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad, has never been mentioned, despite the obvious fact Mossad complicity is as plausible as any of the other theories.”
However, in 1994, in his book Final Judgment, Michael Collins Piper—author of The High Priests of War—documented the Mossad role’s alongside the CIA in the JFK conspiracy. Although never in any major bookstore, more than 30,000 copies of Final Judgment are in circulation—more than more widely-publicized books on the topic.
Now in its 760-page 6th edition, Final Judgment explains how JFK’s murder set the stage for the Israeli lobby to achieve the immense political power it has today. The book documents that in 1963 JFK was embroiled in a bitter secret conflict with Israeli leader David Ben-Gurion over Israel’s drive to build the atomic bomb. Ben-Gurion resigned in disgust, saying that because of JFK, Israel’s “existence [was] in danger.” Upon JFK’s assassination, U.S. policy toward Israel began an immediate 180-degree turnabout.
Final Judgment documents what Israeli journalist Barry Chamish says is “a pretty cogent case” for Mossad involvement in JFK’s murder. The fact is that when New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison prosecuted trade executive Clay Shaw with conspiracy in the assassination, Garrison had stumbled on the Mossad link: Shaw served on the board of Permindex, a front for Mossad arms procurement operations. A key Permindex shareholder, the Swiss-based Banque De Credit Internationale, was the fiefdom of Tibor Rosenbaum, a top Mossad official, and chief money laundry for Meyer Lansky, “chairman” of the crime syndicate and Israeli loyalist. The CEO of Permindex was Louis Bloomfield of Montreal, an operative of the Bronfman family, intimate Lansky associates and leading patrons of Israel.
Final Judgment points out that James Angleton, the CIA’s Mossad liaison, was a devoted partisan of Israel who orchestrated a false scenario linking accused assassin Lee Oswald to the Soviet KGB. Even “mainstream” organized crime sources note that leading “Mafia” figures accused of being behind the assassination were Lansky subordinates. Perhaps Oliver Stone failed to mention these details in JFK because his film was financed by Arnon Milchan, an Israeli arms dealer linked to smuggling of materiel to Israel’s nuclear program—the point of contention between JFK and Israel.
Although Israeli diplomat Uri Palti called Piper’s thesis “nonsense,” and pro-Israel columnist George Will declared it “vicious intellectual licentiousness,” The Los Angeles Times grudgingly admitted that Final Judgment was “novel indeed,” saying it “weave[s] together some of the key threads in a tapestry that many say is unique.” The very week in 1997 the American Library Association sponsored “Banned Books Week,” the Anti-Defamation League—a leading cog in the Israeli lobby—created an uproar, forcing cancellation of a college seminar on the JFK assassination because Piper had been invited to speak. The ADL feared “impressionable” students might take Piper seriously, but they believed those same kids were old enough to fight in foreign wars to protect Israel.