Originally posted by gravitational
The Israeli preemptive strike was against Egypt, not against Jordan (west bank) who decided to join the war in a joint effort by Egypt, Syria,
Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria to destroy Israel.
edit on 28-5-2011 by gravitational because: (no reason given)
Look, seriously. This stuff is NOT difficult to research. At this point you guys are just coming across as being willfully stupid.
Background: Egypt and Israel weren't buddies. Egypt had reason to be wary of Israel, due to Israel's invasion of the Sinai in 1956. Israel had
reason to be wary of Egypt due to Egypt's leading role in the 1948 war. They weren't on speaking terms even as late as 1967.
1) Egypt received information from the Soviet Union - Egypt's superpower ally at the time, regarded as a "close friend" that Israelwas planning and
mobilizing for an attack on Egypt again.
2) believing the Soviets to be credible - why would they lie? - Nasser alerted his Arab allies, and they agreed to a defensive pact - if Israel
attacked Egypt, they would join the fight against Israel. Standard stuff for a nation to do when they think an attack is coming.
3) Rather than sit there like a moron with an open border, Nasser parks his military on the Egyptian side of the border with Israel.
4) Israeli fighters attack Egypt, activating the defensive pact that Nasser had created. Jordan, Syria, and Iraq join in on Egypt's side. Libya and
Morocco contributed some weapons and Pakistani irregulars end up fighting beside Iraqis late in the week.
5) Israel ends up holding the Sinai, the West bank and Gaza, and the Golan Heights.
Now, the important question is, why did Israel attack? The Israeli story is that they thought the Egyptians were mounting an invasion. Now, like I
mentioned, there was no communication between the two countries in that period, so, it's entirely possible that that is indeed what Israel
However, if Nasser had been planning an invasion of Israel, he would not
have parked at the border. That's stupid. "Ha ha ha! here I am!
Count my forces, make an assessment! THEN I ATTACK! You have three days to ready all your defenses and make my invasion WAY WAY HARDER than it should
be!" yeah... no. Nasser was definitely not a stupid guy. And neither were the people running Israel, for that matter. Without a doubt, both sides
knew Israel was not about to be attacked by Egypt.
Israel probably attacked because the Soviet intelligence was accurate, and Nasser's response forced Israel to advance their attack plans. There was
no thought of talking to the Egyptians, or going to the UN, or anything - Israel's leadership didn't even bother thinking of an alternative option
to handle the situation. Add to that response that there is no conceivable reason for the USSR to lie in such a huge way to Egypt, and the immediate
rapid-fire Israeli propaganda assault, and the nearly-immediate flow of Israeli "settlers" into the Sinai, and you've got something that looks like
it was planned and prepped for well in advance - by Israel.
Regardless of the reason, Israel shot first, launching a surprise attack on Egypt, and is still trying to claim that up is down and red is blue and
that Egypt was invading.