So when did the Arabs give up on their idea of destroying Israel? By your own admission, not in 1947/48. But you seem to say that despite their loud proclamations in 1967 about their intentions to wipe Israel off the face of the map (their sayings are on public record), they really did not mean what they said?Originally Posted by sharonbn
My thinking might be simplistic. But where I come from, if a nation's intention would have been to help an ally in the face of an impending attack, in this case, Egypt helping Syria against a supposed attack by Israel, then I would expect that nation to say: "hands off Syria or we will defend Syria to our last man", or something like that anyway ... But is that what Nasser said? He said much more than that. He said what the Arabs said in 1947. He said that the moment for Israel's destruction has come. And he didn't just say it. He acted on it.
So people like me may be simplistic for believing our own ears when Israel's enemies openly say that their intention is to destroy Israel. But I posit that people who perform complicated mental gymnastics to deny their own senses (in this case, hearing and seeing) are what? I can think of some words for it but I won't mention them because I was already requested to tone things down.