Various Israeli media, such as Jerusalem Post and Ha'aretz (citing Reuters as the source) report that the Israeli government has honored several Egyptian Jews who were involved in spying and sabotage in Egypt in the 1950s. This incident is known as the Lavon Affair, and extensive material on the incident can be found in Israel and Terror in Egypt.Briefly stated, a group of Jews in Egypt plotted in 1954 to bomb several U.S. and British interests, so as to undermine the newly formed government by the Free Officers coupe d'etat. The blame would fall on Egyptians and cause the British to remain in the Suez Canal area, thus acting a buffer between Egypt and Israel. This incident is one reason why conspiracy theories have a large audience in the Arab region, and why Israel's Mossad is blamed for everything from bombing of tourist buses to 9/11.Note that the coverage in Israel glosses over the bombing part and just mentions 'sabotage' in passing. Contrast that by the coverage by the French AFP, and the reaction by Egyptian officials, that Egypt is astonished. The same text is reported by Al Jazeera too.Note how the incident was denied at the time, so Israel can claim the high moral ground, but later, little by little, the details showed that these men were trained by the Israeli Defense Forces, and Mossad's involvement was acknowledged.If one wants to be fair, such acts should indeed be labelled as terrorism. However, it all depends on your own bias, prejudice and point of view. As the saying goes: "One people' hero is another people's villain". In a more contemporary context: "One people's terrorist is another people's freedom fighter".An that is another article by itself.
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