Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Israeli Confessions about the 6-Day War

Here is a list of Israeli confessions about the truth behind the 6-Day War by former BBC presenter Alan Hart:

In an interview published in Le Monde on 28 February 1968, Israeli Chief of
Staff Rabin said this: “I do not believe that Nasser wanted war. The two
divisions which he sent into Sinai on 14 May would not have been enough to
unleash an offensive against Israel. He knew it and we knew it.” 

On 14 April 1971, a report in the Israeli newspaper Al-Hamishmar contained the
following statement by Mordecai Bentov, a member of the wartime national
government. “The entire story of the danger of extermination was invented in
every detail and exaggerated a posteriori to justify the annexation of new Arab

On 4 April 1972, General Haim Bar-Lev, Rabin’s predecessor as chief of staff,
was quoted in Ma’ariv as follows: “We were not threatened with genocide on the
eve of the Six-Days war, and we had never thought of such a possibility.” 

In the same Israeli newspaper on the same day, General Ezer Weizman, Chief of
Operations during the war and a nephew of Chaim Weizman, was quoted as saying:
“There was never any danger of annihilation. This hypothesis has never been
considered in any serious meeting.” 

In the spring of 1972, General Matetiyahu Peled, Chief of Logistical Command
during the war and one of 12 members of Israel’s General Staff, addressed a
political literary club in Tel Aviv. He said: “The thesis according to which the
danger of genocide hung over us in June 1967, and according to which Israel was
fighting for her very physical survival, was nothing but a bluff which was born
and bred after the war.”1 

In a radio debate Peled said: “Israel was never in real danger and there was no
evidence that Egypt had any intention of attacking Israel.” He added that
“Israeli intelligence knew that Egypt was not prepared for war.” 

In the same programme Chaim Herzog (former DMI, future Israeli Ambassador to the
UN and President of his state) said: “There was no danger of annihilation.
Neither Israeli headquarters nor the Pentagon – as the memoirs of President
Johnson proved – believed in this danger.” 

On 3 June 1972 Peled was even more explicit in an article of his own for Le
Monde. He wrote: “All those stories about the huge danger we were facing because
of our small territorial size, an argument expounded once the war was over, have
never been considered in our calculations. While we proceeded towards the full
mobilisation of our forces, no person in his right mind could believe that all
this force was necessary to our ‘defence’ against the Egyptian threat. This
force was to crush once and for all the Egyptians at the military level and
their Soviet masters at the political level. To pretend that the Egyptian forces
concentrated on our borders were capable of threatening Israel’s existence does
not only insult the intelligence of any person capable of analysing this kind of
situation, but is primarily an insult to the Israeli army.” 



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