From: Ismail Zayid
To: Halifax Herald
Sent: Monday, October 11, 2004 9:56 AM
Subject: Outrageous falsehoods.
Oct. 11,2004
The Editor,
The Halifax Herald.
Dear Editor:
Howard Heyman [Letter Oct. 11]regurgitates the outrageous falsehoods put forward by Israel attempting to justify its war of naked aggression against Egypt in June 1967 and its illegal occupation of Sinai, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the Syrian Golan Heights.
Israel's propagandists claimed, as Mr. Heyman does here, that President Nasser of Egypt was planning, in June 1967, to attack and destroy Israel. This falsehood is best answered by Israel's leaders' own words:
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}.
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 poseriori to justify the annexation of Arab territory" [ Al Hamishmar, 14 April 1972,  and quoted in Le Monde,  3 June 1972].
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].
Mr. Heyman states that Egypt occupied Gaza in 1967. Egypt and Jordan held the Gaza Strip and the Weest Bank, respectively, after May 15,1948 in their ineffective attempt to prevent Israel from occupying all the territories that were apportioned to the Arab state in Palestine in accordance with the UN Partition scheme resolution # 181, of Nov,29,1947, and put to a halt Israel's systematic ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians from their homeland.
Israel stands today in violation of scores of UN resolutions, including UN resolution # 194, stipulatimg the right of return for Palestinian refugees expelled by Israel.
If Israel truly cares for the security of its citizens, it should comply with international law and UN resolutions, and thus security for Israelis and Palestinians will be assured.
Yours sincerely,
Ismail Zayid, MD.