From: Ismail Zayid
To: Halifax Herald
Cc: Beverley Dauphinee
Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2004 4:07 PM
Subject: Israeli Expansionism is Longstanding.

The Editor,
The Halifax Herald.
Dear Editor:
Contrary to the statement by Mike Forsythe [Nov.6], the quotes I included in my statement [Oct.30] are accurate, well documented and made by Israel's leaders after June 1967, and thus truly represent who planned and initiated that war.
The genesis of the June 1967 war started in April 1967 when Israeli Prime Minister, Levi Eshkol, in a statement at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, threatened to occupy Damascus and establish a government to his liking. His pretext for making this threat, was the shooting incidents in the demilitarized zone, the real purpose of which was clearly exposed in the statement, I quoted [Oct.30], by Moshe Dayan. In response to reports of Israeli troops massed at the Syrian border, Syria's president Assad called on Egypt for support, on the basis of the Mutual Defense Pact that Syria had with Egypt and other members of the Arab League. Egypt, at the time, was involved in a war in Yemen and had neither the capacity nor the interest in waging a war against Israel. However, he moved two army divisions to Sinai, as a defensive gesture. To confirm that Egypt had no designs in starting a war, Egypt's vice president, Zakaria Mohieddin, was scheduled to meet with US President Johnson on June 7,1967, to negotiate free Israeli passage in the Tiran Strait, but Israel sabotaged this by invading Egypt on June 5. There are reports that President Johnson was informed of Israeli plans for war and had initially approved that. However, in his memoirs, which were published after he had vacated the presidency, President Johnson made the startling charge that Israel had double-crossed him in May-June 1967. Prime Minister, Levi Eshkol, he stated, had promised that Israel would delay military action, while he negotiated with President Nasser keeping the Tiran Strait open. Johnson believed that he had a couple of weeks in which to solve the problem and conveyed this information to Egypt's President. This is strongly supported by Nasser keeping Egyptian air force completely on the ground to avoid giving the Israelis an excuse to fear any Egyptian attack. 
It is relevant to point out that the June 1967 war of aggression by Israel was part of Israel's expansionist program. This program was enunciated by the World Zionist Organisation in 1919, at the Versailles Conference. The Zionist delegation proposed the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine, including the entire territory of Palestine as well as the Syrian Golan Heights and South Lebanon to the Litani River. This expansionist program was confirmed in the statement by David Ben Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, on declaring the creation of Israel on may 14,1948. He stated: "We are announcing the creation of a state in the western part of our country." Moshe Dayan,as chief of the Israeli army, stated in a broadcast on Israeli radio, on Feb. 12,1952,: " It lies upon the Israeli army to carry out the fight with the ultimate object of creating the Israeli Empire." Menachim Begin, then leader of the Herut Party [later Likud], and later prime minister of Israel, stated in the Israeli parliament, on Oct. 12,1955 :" I deeply believe in launching preventive war against the Arab states without further hesitation. By doing so, we will achieve two targets : Firstly the annihilation of Arab power and secondly, the expansion of our territory." [Emphasis added]. In the fulfilment of these Israeli expansionist designs, we saw Israel waging its aggression against Egypt, in October 1956, in collusion with Britain and France, and again in June 1967, and its invasion of Lebanon in 1978 and 1982.
I think it behoves Israel's apologists to take note of the facts and allow the victims a fair say.
Yours sincerely,
Ismail Zayid