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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 09.07.06 | 19:18 (IDT)

    "If Israel did not take the offence in the 1967 war then Israel would of been destroyed." - Meir Weinstein Actually it would not have been, but Israel lacked the information necessary to know that. Neither Egypt, Syria, or Israel wanted a war at that time. The war was the result of Soviet disinformation which turned into a self-fulfilling prophecy. The Soviets fed Egypt and Syria fraudulent information indicating that Israel was about to attack them. Egypt in particular responded to this information. UN observers were expelled from Sinai, troops were moved into crucial defensive positions, and a lot of provocative statements were made. Finally, Egyptian waters were closed to shipping, which had the defacto effect of blockading Eilat. This caused a precautionary move to a high alert status for the IDF including the reserves. Israel could not maintain such an alert for an unlimited time and eventually it was decided that a preemptive attack was ordered.

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    First published 00:00 09.07.06 | Last updated 00:00 09.07.06
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