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Israeli Hollywood Producer Admits Helping Israel Develop Nuclear Weapons

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

The name of Israeli Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan is not a household name in the United States as it is in his native country, but many of his movies are.  Those movies include “Pretty Woman,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” and “12 Years a Slave.”

And although it was whispered about, and even occasionally said out loud that Milchan was a spy for his native country, Milchan finally admitted out loud, on television, that he helped Israel purchase technologies in order to develop nuclear bombs.

The story came out in an interview aired Monday, Nov. 25, on Israel’s Channel 2.

“I did it for my country and I’m proud of it,” said Milchan, who ran a successful fertilizer company in Israel before hitting the big time as a movie producer in Hollywood.

Perhaps one of the biggest surprises, at least for Americans, is that Milchan was recruited for his clandestine work by Shimon Peres who currently serves as Israel’s president.

Milchan was part of a special unit whose acronym was LAKAM.  Their mission was to secure the technology for Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program. LAKAM was disbanded when it was compromised by the arrest of Jonathan Pollard, the U.S. Navy Intelligence Analyst who has been incarcerated in prison for 29 years for attempting to pass classified material to Israel.

New Regency is the name of Milchan’s production company, and it has more than 120 films under its belt.  Milchan has worked closely with many of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Robert De Niro.

De Niro, who appears in Israel’s Channel 2 interview, was asked whether he was aware of Milchan’s spying activities.

“I had heard but I wasn’t sure,” said De Niro. “I did ask him once, and he told me that he was an Israeli and of course he would do these things for his country.”

Robert DeNiro and Peres Talk About Iran

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

American actor Robert  De Niro landed in Israel with his son Tuesday morning for a 24-visit, highlighted by his appearance at this evening’s birthday bash for President Shimon Peres, who turns 9o on August 2.

DeNiro, who is not Jewish, met with the president at his Jerusalem home, and among other topics, they spoke about the Iranian nuclear threat. The president also related to the actor and his 17-year-old son the modern history of the re-establishment of the State of Israel and the country’s relations in the Middle East.

The prize-winning actor said he brought is 17-year-old son with to learn about Israel.

“Thank you for coming, President Peres told DeNiro, “We are very happy to see you in our country. Although you received an Oscar prize for your work, you also receive a great amount of love from the People of Israel.”

DeNiro thanked him for his words and noted this is his fifth visit to Israel.

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