The Six Day War was not a 'land grab.' - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 25.10.10 | 18:03 (IST)

    The Six Day War was not intended to be a 'land grab.' The offensives stopped at natural lines of defense along the Jordan and Nile, and once the Syrians had been pushed out of artillery range of Northern Israel. Israel had no plan for a 'land grab', nor did it have a clue about how it was going to manage the occupation it found itself with. Immediately after the war, the National Unity Cabinet voted to return the Sinai and Golan in exchange for peace treaties. At the same time negotiations were to be made with Jordan over their eventual border. The USA was asked to convey the information and failed to do so. Nor were Egyptian and Syrian forces 'massed' along the borders. They were in defensive positions as a result of fraudulent intel given them by the Soviet Union. The attacks upon Egypt and Syria were so successful exactly because neither was prepared for war. Neither side wanted a war.

    from the article: The end of Oslo
    First published 00:55 25.10.10 | Last updated 00:55 25.10.10
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