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How the US Foiled a Plot to Assassinate Golda Meir

Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (Photo: Library of Congress)

March is Women's History Month, so we look forward to bringing you enlightening pieces about women who have stood for Israel. Today, The Jerusalem Post tells the story of how the United States helped foil a Black September plot to assassinate Golda Meir, the "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics:

James J. Welsh, who was an NSA analyst of Palestinian communications, told weekend US talk show host and Breitbart Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein that Black September built three car bombs that it planned to detonate in three separate New York locations during Meir's trip to the city on March 4, 1973.

According to Welsh, one of the bombs was placed in El Al's cargo terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport. The other bombs were placed at locations in Manhattan.

“That could have been a really terrible situation had Golda Meir’s motorcade been passing by one of the vehicles parked alongside outside the airport,” Welsh told Klein.

“And then of course if she had visited over there in downtown New York, where those could have been detonated if the first bomb hadn’t succeeded.”

Welsh told Klein that it was "another intelligence agency that the US works with" – and not the NSA – that intercepted messages "from the Iraqi United Nations office to the Iraqi embassy in Washington."

These messages contained very specific details about the plot, including the precise locations of the bombs...

The feds then alerted the New York Police Department, which promptly dispatched sappers to neutralize the bombs.

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