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Israel was defending its sovereignty in Six Day War

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Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 12:00 am

I surely hope Mr. Van Amber Fields responds to Ms. Lasher's letter, "Ms. Lasher comments on Mr. Van Amber Fields' letter" (Sept. 29), for he is much more eloquent than I.

If anyone is misinformed, it's Ms. Lasher. I got as far as her first point that Israel struck first in the Six Day War in two secular neighborhoods, looked at who wrote this and saw that she is from Berkeley — only in Berkeley! Let's have a little history shall we Ms. Lasher?

March 8, 1967, Nasser says, "We shall not enter Palestine with its soil covered in sand, we shall enter it with its soil saturated in blood."

On May 31, 1967, President Aref of Iraq says, "Our goal is clear — to wipe Israel off the map."

May 18, 1967, Egypt orders the United Nations from UAR and Gaza Strip.

May 20, 1967, "Our forces are now ready — the Syrian army — with its finger on the trigger, is united. I believe that the time has come to begin a battle of annihilation," Syrian defense minister Assad. Egypt closes Straits of Tiran to Israel shipping, cutting off their only supply route to Asia and stopping their flow of oil. By international law this is an act of war.

May 28, 1967, "We will not accept any ... coexistence with Israel," Abdel Nasser.

May 30, 1967, "The armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon are poised on the borders of Israel ... standing behind us are the armies of Iraq, Algeria, Kuwait, Sudan and the whole Arab nation. Today they will know that Arabs are arranged for battle ..." Nasser.

With over 300 incidents of Arab violent incursions against Israel in the six months leading up to June 5, 1967, 328,000 troops, 930 tanks and 30 Russian-made Tu-16 bombers surrounding their borders (twice that of Israel's forces), they launched a surprise attack on Egypt's air force that destroyed most on the ground. The world was united with Israel's act of self-defense — that is except the Arab nations and the residents of Berkeley.

Ron Portal


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