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From: Ismail Zayid

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Subject: Voice of the People. Letters in The Halifax Herald. July 26, 2008. By Ismail Zayid, and Miles Tompkins.


Defies historic record           Voice of the People              The Halfax Herald.       July 26, 2008

Howard Heyman (July 23 letter) writes, "Israel has never launched a military attack on another country without justifiable provocation." This statement defies the historic record.

A whole series of wars of aggression were committed by Israel against its neighbours without provocation. I will restrict myself to a few of those wars.

In October 1956, Israel invaded Egypt in secret collusion with France and the U.K., a fact admitted by its planners. In June 1967, Israel invaded first Egypt and later Syria and Jordan, claiming President Nasser of Egypt was planning to attack Israel. The falsehood of this claim was confirmed by all of Israelís leaders at the time, as shown in the following statements:

Yitzhak Rabin, then chief of staff of the Israeli army, stated: "I do not think Nasser wanted war. The two divisions he sent to the Sinai would not have been sufficient to launch an offensive war. He knew it and we knew it." (Le Monde, Feb. 28, 1968)

Menachem Begin, a cabinet minister in June 1967, said when he was prime minister, addressing Israelís National Defence College, on Aug. 8, 1982: "In June 1967, we again had a choice. The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai did not prove Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him." (The N.Y. Times, Aug. 21, 1982)

That is not to mention the various wars waged against Lebanon, in 1978, 1982 and 2006, and the bombing of Iraq in 1981 and Syria in 2007, with manufactured flimsy provocations.

Ismail Zayid, Halifax