Oh you are so naive sharonbn. I suspect you are much younger than I am. I remember 1967, I saw the situation unfold right in front of my eyes. Nasser clearly promised that the forthcoming battle with Israel would be the last one. I also remember the frenzied Arab mobs in the streets baying for the blood of Jews and parading with effigies of Jews being strung up. I also remember Nasser issuing a stamp which showed Tel Aviv burning.Originally Posted by sharonbn
Now hear this sharonbn and try to keep an open mind instead of parroting leftist apologetics for the Arabs. Nasser taunted Israel and dared Israel to try and break the blockade. Three Arab armies were mobilized on Israel's borders so Israel had to have a FULL mobilization too. Nasser did not have to attack. All he had to do is to maintain his blockade and keep his armies mobilized on Israel's borders and force Israel to do the same. How long do you think Israel's economy would have lasted? Or do you think that if Israel would have unilaterally demobilized, that would have solved the crisis? Of course NOT! That would have been the signal for the three Arab armies to attack. Nasser knew that Israel had no real choice but he thought that Israel would not dare to attack. He thought that he would slowly strangle Israel. And he was over confident too. He thought that if Israel WOULD attack, Israel would be defeated. Well, he was wrong. And you are wrong too for underestimating the threat that Israel DID face in 1967.
You bet he did. You are not wrong!Egypt did make preparations for war, but some ...
You are absolutely right, I was snide. I was snide because I am sick of some Jews and Israelis inventing arguments for everyone, even potentially sympathisers of Israel to blame Israel for ALL the mess in the middle east. How do you think most people react to what Israelis like you say? I'll tell you how: they will say that we are not going to defend Israel more than Israelis are prepared to defend Israel. If Israelis say that Israel is in the wrong then Israel is wrong. Period.Once again, your snide remark misses the point. Completely
Oh, they might thank you for being such an even handed person. So they might like you as a person but that won't do Israel any good. They will agree with you that Israel is in the wrong and that it exaggerates the threats that it faced historically and today too.
I don't expect you to defend Israel by using lies and propaganda. I expect you to tell the truth. But that means that you should do your homework and don't understate the danger that Israel was in in 1967 and that you should not pretend that Israel had any other choice but to do what it did. Nor should you pretend that Israel is not under threat today too from the likes of Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran and even from Egypt (potentially). And sure you can complain about over reactions by some Israelis against Palestinians but please don't under estimate the threats from the Palestinians and their contribution to the situation that the two peoples find themselves in today. Because if Israel is guilty, then they [the Palestinians] are at least as guilty as Israel is for the mess that the Palestinians are in today.