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From: Ismail Zayid
To: Halifax Herald
Cc: Bev Dauphinee
Subject: Historic Facts.
Forsythe [Letter, Aug. 2] describes the statements by the two former Israeli
prime ministers, Yitzhak Rabin and Menachem Begin, as
to the June 1967 war, [quoted in my letter July 26], as bogus and
trash. If there is any bogus or trash in this context, it is in Mr. Forsythe's
letter. These statements are published in authoratative
international journals, Le Monde and New York
Times and are confirmed by many authorities. They are quoted, as published in
The Herald, in the recent book: ["
Prime Minister Levi Eshkol stated :" The Egyptian layout in the Sinai and the general military build up there testified to a military defensive Egyptian set-up, south of Israel" [ Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, Oct. 18,1967].
Modechai Bentov, an Israeli cabinet minister at the time, stated: " All this story about the danger of extermination [of Israel in June 1967] has been a complete invention and has been blown up a posteriori to justify the annexation of Arab territory" [ Al Hamishmar, 14 April 1972, and quoted in Le Monde, 3 June 1972].
to to attack on the Syrian Golan Heights, Moshe Dayan, Israel's
Minister of Defence at the time, tells us the facts
as reported by Serge Schmemann [ The N.Y. Times.
I believe the readers of The Herald deserve to know the facts as they are.