Lincoln's claim that Israel was the "aggressor" in 1967 is bizarre at the understatement. Nasser's blockade of the Tiran straits was a casus belli, as even the UN agreed. End of discussion. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Dr. L. Brnd
    • 06.10.10 | 07:57 (IST)

    A thoroughly amateurish Lincoln inability to distinguish between aggression and pre-emptive attack. Israel's successes in 1967 against numerically vastly superior Egyptian and Syrian forces was only possible because Arab forces were deployed in forward attack positions, which made them vulnerable to a pre-emptive strive; ditto the massive Arab air forces, which were fueled and armed on the ramps, not in protective revetments and hangars, as anybody could see in famous IAF gun camera photos splayed all over the pages of TIME and LIFE of that period. June 1967 was not Pearl Harbor - America did not surround Japan, reject Japan's right to exist, mass invasion forces on Japan's borders, threaten to throw Japan into the sea. Every single fact available shows Egypt and Syria were plotting genocide, blundered by their Tiran straits blockade that started a war, giving Israel every legal right under UN Article 51 to pre-empt in self defense to prevent imminent attack. But then I suppose Mark will also insist that the Tutsi survivors of the Rwanda massacre had the right to defeat and toss the Hutu militias out of the country only AFTER they butchered 850,000 people. Jews have a different view - its called "Never Again".

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    First published 00:57 06.10.10 | Last updated 00:57 06.10.10
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