Six Day War of 1967 - 3rd Arab Israeli War

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    "Our basic objective will be the destruction of Israel. The Arab people want to fight."

    Gamel Abdel Nasser,
    May 3oth 1967.

     

    From "Then as Now"

    - David Warren, Ottowa Citizen May 19th 2007

     

    "...How many people living in Israel today can personally remember not only the Six Day War, but the events leading up to it? I, and so many my age and older, can personally remember a sequence of events, that has been distorted and recast to fit ideological fantasies.

     

    Israel was placed entirely on the defensive, under an existential threat, and her decision to strike first was not an option. The American effort to relieve the blockade, by diplomacy, was a complete failure. By force and force alone, could several million Jews be saved from a repetition of the Holocaust. To present Israel as the aggressor in the Six Day War is to invert the facts of history. It is to tell a big lie.

     

    But something more needs to be remembered from that history. We must ask ourselves why Nasser led the Arabs into that disaster. The answer is obvious: because it did not look like it would be a disaster. He perceived weakness in the Israeli leadership, and disunity in the West. He thought the moment had come when Israel actually could be annihilated.."

     

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