In CIA documents he found the information about the unsuccessful surveillance of the Israelis

Golda Meir

American intelligence in the 1970-ies repeatedly, but unsuccessfully tried to gain access to sensitive information concerning the health of Israeli leaders and reasons for their decisions. This follows from the declassified documents of the Central intelligence Agency (CIA), reports The Independent.

As it turned out, the CIA existed a special Department, whose task was to assess physical and mental health of world leaders, including the General secretaries of the Communist party, President of France, Francois Mitterrand, and Cuban leader Fidel Castro. To cooperate with the CIA for this purpose have been repeatedly involved civilian experts-psychiatrists. In this case, the Department failed to identify that the Prime Minister of Israel Golda Meir was suffering from lymphoma. Americans learned about it only after her death in 1978.

In addition, the U.S. tried unsuccessfully to ascertain the reasons for the famous “night of the ducks” April 1, 1959. Then the General staff of Israel used public radio to send a signal about the beginning of unexpected training reservists. Throughout the country began to panic, the armies of neighbouring States were given in full readiness. Israel thus tried to create the impression among the Egyptian leadership’s readiness to strike a sudden blow, hoping that Cairo will send a reconnaissance aircraft into the sky over the desert of the Negev where they will be able to intercept Israeli fighters.

Despite the fact that the USA is a key ally of Israel in the middle East, relations between the two countries developed unevenly. So, until the late 1950s, relations between Washington and tel Aviv remained quite cool. USA made a bid for Israel only in 1958 after the Iraqi revolution. Relations between the two countries deteriorated after the annexation to Israel of East Jerusalem in 1969, however, the Americans had help Israelis during the Yom Kippur war.