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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 17.12.09 | 15:07 (IST)

    "Israel launched in 1967 another offensive war, for one reason alone: expanding its territory." - John Israel attacked in 1967, but NOT to expand it's territory. The situation was created by Soviet Disinformation which led Egypt and Syria to believe Israel was going to attack them. Nasser in particular was bellicose and provocative. Israel did not appreciate that the actions of Egypt were essentially defensive and decided that Egypt was likely to attack. Israel mobilized but Egypt did not attack. The cost of the mobilization was crushing, but PM Eshkol delayed going to war as long as possible. The goal was to disarm the offensive capability of Egypt and Syria, clear their forces from Israel's borders. Jordan joined the war after Israel attacked Egypt and Syria. Israel halted at the most defensible lines available. The goal was not conquest. Indeed, there had been no thought given to what to do with the occupied territory. The initial presumption was to trade it for peace.

    from the article: Haaretz exclusive: Olmert's plan for peace with the Palestinians
    First published 03:11 17.12.09 | Last updated 15:17 17.12.09
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