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    • ibsen
    • 13.12.09 | 19:55 (IST)

    Der Zweifler, you may remember our earlier correspondence where I proffered the view held by many, that immediately after the Six Day War, no offer was actually made to the Arab parties to accept a withdrawal of Israeli forces, or rather that it was not clear that such an offer was ever conveyed to the Arabs or any offer that was intended to be conveyed. You contested this on the basis that Avi Schlaim's claims to this effect was not reliable or some such comment. You preferred to ignore the other quotations from State Dept archives which I did present involving discussions between high ranking Israeli officials including Eban and the then Sec of State Rusk as well as others,, these of course undermined your argument and strongly supported my own contention. However, I would just point out that having recently read Shlomo ben ami 's; Scars of War Wounds of Peace, that he (ben ami)makes some passing reference to this 67 so called peace offer episode. Being a former Foreign Minister and somewhere to the right of Schlaim in his political views and a historian of some repute you might be interested to know his own views: "notwithstanding Eban's insistence that this was indeed the case there seems to be no solid evidence to corroborate his claim. No formal peace proposal was made either directly or indirectly by Israel. The Americans who were briefed of the Cabinet's decision by Eban were not asked to convey it to Cairo and Damascus as official peace proposals, nor were they given indications that Israel expected a reply. At its meeting on the 19th June the Israeli Gov developed policy guidelines ; it did not discuss a peace initiative, nor did it ever formalize it as such." P125 Regards ibsen.

    from the article: Netanyahu should admit Israel doesn't want peace
    First published 01:13 13.12.09 | Last updated 17:14 16.12.09
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