posted on May, 31 2010 @ 08:23 PM
Wow, anti-semitism runs strong on ATS.
People here need to know their history a bit better. But unfortunately, the majority of people seem to have gone through the United States Public
School system, where there is a deliberate dumbing down of the youth. Seriously people, learn some history.
Here is a short lesson for you.
On May 15, 1967, Israeli intelligence discovered that Egypt was concentrating large-scale forces in the Sinai peninsula - remember this is before the
days of satellite intelligence. On May 19, the United Nations Emergency Force stationed on the border between Egypt and Israel was evacuated at the
demand of Egypt's president, Gamal Abdel-Nasser. During the night of May 22-23, Egypt's navy blockaded the Straits of Tiran opening into the Indian
Ocean, prohibiting passage to Israeli ships. On May 30, Jordan joined the Egyptian-Syrian alliance of 1966 and placed its armies under Egyptian
command. Iraq followed suit shortly thereafter. Meanwhile, military detachments from other Arab countries began arriving. By the end of May, Israel
confronted a Muslim force of 465,000 troops, 2,880 tanks and 810 fighter aircraft along the entire length of her borders with Arab countries, which
had not been there less than a month earlier.
As Arab radio crackled with "drive-them-into-the-sea" rhetoric, the situation became very tense. Technically, the Egyptian blockade of the Straits
of Tiran could probably be considered the first bellicose act of war, but there had been no violence or lives lost. Despite a huge Egyptian army
threatening its southern border, Israel tried to diplomatically defuse the crisis by approaching Britain and France, who had guaranteed freedom of
Israeli navigation. Those counties reneged on their promise. U.S. President Johnson proposed breaking the blockade with an international armada. In a
May 28 broadcast, Israel's Prime Minister Levi Eshkol agreed to wait and see.
By June 4 it became clear that diplomatic channels had failed. Faced with imminent danger, Israel launched a preemptive air strike to shatter Arab air
forces while their aircraft were still on the ground, a move which succeeded. During the six days of the war, in fierce fighting Israel took the Golan
Heights from Syria, the Sinai Desert from Egypt, and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, from Jordan - all of the territories that have been on
the table for negotiation during the Oslo Peace Process. Israel returned the Sinai to Egypt during the historic Camp David agreement under President
Jimmy Carter, negotiated between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. Sadat would later pay for this with his
life as the result of an assassination. The remaining territories are still held by Israel. The Palestinians view these lands as having been seized
and occupied by Israeli aggression, while Israelis view them as spoils of a war they didn't start or want.
Now the question, why is it that Israel is always the one who has to defend itself against agressors? If you had people smuggling, or
attempting to smuggle guns/drugs etc into your country and you knew when they were coming, you would fight to the bitter end to stop them, and would
tell everyone else to go to hell who said you were just the worlds trouble maker.
Double standards people.
Stop your ill informed hating.