# 188 Ben Jabo. Propaganda or poor history? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Nick Ferriman
    • 06.10.07 | 07:33 (IST)

    Dear Ben Jabo, What history books are you reading? I?ve just read your response to Janice, who I think makes very good points, and you list for her all the wars from 1948 to 1973 as not having been started by Israel. What? Do you really and honestly believe that? Yes, one could argue that Israel?s unilateral declaration of independence in 1948 was a defensive act, though the behaviour since then suggests that it was the starting point for Israel?s expansion. The Suez War of 1956 was an attack on Egypt started by Israel, France and the UK. That is common knowledge. The Six-day war was also initiated by Israel. It struck first. Israel may claim that it was a pre-emptive strike, to ward off the threat of an attack by her neighbours. But an analysis of the 18 months leading up to that war, shows a very aggressive and hostile Israel, one that took every opportunity to hurt and humiliate its neighbours. Haaretz today reports that the USS Liberty was sunk by the Israelis during that war, knowing full well that it was an American ship, killing 34 US sailors. If it can do that to a global super power, it doesn?t take too much intelligence to comprehend how it treats its Arab neighbours; with even more disrespect and even more violence.. The war of 1973 was the only war where Israel was genuinely attacked first. I also note that you make no mention of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, nor of the war in Lebanon last summer. To sum up, nearly 90% of the wars with its neighbours have been initiated by Israel. There is a consistent pattern of belligerence and provocation in Israel?s actions over the last 60 years. That you have the temerity to suggest that it is Israel who has been on the receiving end, beggars belief. Either your knowledge of history is sparse, or you are engaging in deliberate obfuscation. Regards.

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    First published 00:00 03.10.07 | Last updated 00:00 03.10.07
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