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From: Ismail Zayid <izayid@eastlink.ca>
Subject: Fw: Unprovked aggression.
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----- Original Message -----

From: Ismail Zayid

To: Halifax Herald

Sent: Wednesday, July 23, 2008 11:02 AM

Subject: Unprovked aggression.


The Editor,

The Halifax Herald.


Dear Editor:


Howard Heyman, in his letter {"Distorted view" July 23], makes the incredible statement :" Israel has never launched a military attack on another country without justifiable provocation." This statement defies historic record. A whole series of wars of aggression were committed by Israel against its neighbours without provocation. I will restrict myself to few of those wars. In October 1956, Israel invaded Egypt in secret collusion with France and UK., a fact exposed and admitted by its planners. In June 1967, Israel invaded first Egypt and later Syria and Jordan, claiming that President Nasser of Egypt was planning to attack Israel. The falsehood of this claim was confirmed by all Israel's leaders at the time, as shown in the following statements:


Yitzhak Rabin, chief of staff of the Israeli army at the time, 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, stated, while prime minister, addressing Israel's 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 our selves. 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.


It is time that Israel's apologists take note of historic facts.




Ismail Zayid, MD.