#186 Silvienne - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ron
    • 21.02.10 | 06:29 (IST)

    Silvienne, you pose thoughtful questions. Jabo's Liberty ship comments are meant to obfuscate. Israelis knew they were attacking the USS Liberty. No military would attack a ship in international waters without first checking its registration. Libertys registration AGTR-5 listed it in Jane's Fighting Ships as a US Naval Signals Intelligence Ship. AGTR-5 was painted on each side of the bow in letters 10 feet tall. Recon planes do not miss such markings. That's why they overfly. Why the attack? The US first thought it was because US had brokered a cease fire and Israel intended to violate it and attack the Golan Heights. Recent reports in Egyptian and Israeli press (Ydeiot Ahronot) contend another reason. That morning Israel executed 150 Egyptian POWs, a few at a time, every few minutes. Israel feared the Liberty intercepted communications about it. Liberty Veterans Association recently filed formal complaints with House and Senate Ethics Committees over lack of investigation.

    from the article: Egypt official: Israel assassination policy inflaming entire Mideast
    First published 17:34 13.02.10 | Last updated 18:08 13.02.10
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