From: Ismail Zayid
Sent: Monday, June 10, 2002 10:42 PM
Subject: Who started the June 1967 war? "Israel's leaders own words."

Dear Producer, "Sunday Morning, CBC".
The interview of Michael Enright and Peter Worthington was an incredible collection of mythology that bears no relevance to facts.
Let me answer only one of the distortions that were stated in this interview in relevance to who started the June 1967 war. There is no better testimony to that than the statements by Israel's own leaders at the time:
Yitzhak Rabin, chief of staff of Israeli forces at the time, stated : " I do not think Nasser [Egypt's President] 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}. 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}. Mordechai 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 annexation of Arab territory" { Le Monde, Feb. 28, 1968}. Menachem Begin, who was a cabinet minister in June 1967, stated, while prime minister, addressing Israel's Defence College, on Aug. 8, 1982 : " In June 1967, we again had a choice. The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai did not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him" {The New York Times, Aug.21,1982}.
Perhaps it is time that Israel's apologists should heed Mr. Begin's plea and practice some honesty on this score.
Yours Sincerely,
Ismail Zayid,
President, Canada Palestine Association.