Date: Wed, 11 Jun 97 08:40:34 CDT
From: MER Editorial <MER@MiddleEast.Org>
Subject: US Secretly Helped Israel Win Six-Day War
MER - Most of the lies and distortions about the Six Day War in 1967 when Israel occupied the Golan, West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, remain today 30 years later.
The reality is that Israel encouraged and then took advantage of that war for many political, economic, and territorial reasons. In the following column by Prof. Tanya Reinhart, she puts this into perspective in so far as Israel's attack on Syria and capture of the Golan in the last days of the war.
What history still does not properly record are:
There is also a considerable likelihood that in the years following
the war the American CIA, cooperating with the Israeli Mossad,
targeted Gamal Abdel Nasser, President of Egypt, just as was the case
anti-American leaders in other parts of the world.
Nasser's death may have been one of the CIA's greatest and most secret
successes. Recent revelations in Washington of destroyed CIA
files dealing with foreign assassinations in the 50s and 60s adds a
further dimension to this serious possibility.]
In June, it would be 30 years to the war of 1967 - the war that brought about the occupation. Governments have changed from Labor to Likud and back several times since then, and what has changed?
Yediot Aharonot of April 27 has published an 1976 interview with Moshe
Dayan (which was not previously published). Dayan, who was the defense
minister in 1967, explains there what led, then, to the decision to
attack Syria. In the collective consciousness of the period, Syria
was conceived as a serious threat to the security of Israel, and a
constant initiator of aggression towards the residents of northern
Israel. But according to Dayan, this is 'bull-shit' - Syria was not a
threat to Israel before 67.
Just drop it - he says as an answer
to a question about the northern residences -
I know how at least
80% of all the incidents with Syria started. We were sending a
tractor to the demilitarized zone and we knew that the Syrians will
shoot. If they did not shoot, we would instruct the tractor to go
deeper, till the Syrians finally got upset and start shooting. Then
we employed artillery, and later also the air-force... I did that...
and Itzhak Rabin did that, when he was there (as commander of the
Northern front, in the early sixties).
And what has led Israel to provoke Syria? According to Dayan, this
was the greediness for the land - the idea that it is possible
grab a piece of land and keep it, until the enemy will get tired and
give it to us. The Syrian land was, as he says, particularly
tempting, since, unlike Gaza and the West bank it was not heavily
The 67 war has brought the big chance to grab the land, and along with
the land, the water of the of the Jordan Riverheads. Dayan insists
that the decision to attack Syria was not motivated by security
You do not attack the enemy because he is a bastard, but
because he threatens you, and the Syrians in the fourth day of the war
were not threatening us. He adds that the initiative of Colonel
David Elazar to open the Syrian front was assisted by a delegation
sent to prime-minister Eshkol by the Northern kibbutz's,
not even try to hide their greediness to that land.
In 1973, the Israeli society has paid, for the first time, a heavy price for the occupation - in the 'Yom Kippur' war. The interview with Dayan was held three years after the defeat, and in that atmosphere, he explains that the decision to attack Syria was a mistake that will disable, in the future, peace with Syria.
One could infer from Dayan's words that he would have, perhaps, supported, withdrawal from the Golan heights, but Rabin, his partner to the road of the Labor, has never changed his skin. At the first period of his term as prime-minister, many believed that he is seeking an agreement with Syria. But behind the halo of our saviour the peace-maker, there was the same land-greedy commander who sent the tractors to provoke the Syrians in the early sixties.
In the tradition of all his predecessors, Rabin used the tactics of dragging negotiations: He agreed to discuss everything (the location of inspection points, the dates of opening embassies) except for the one issue that Syria was interested in - which lands Israel is willing to give up in the Golan. While Rabin's one hand was spreading rumors about secret agreements, to pacify public opinion, his other hand was pouring unprecedented budgets for developing the Israeli settlements in the Golan Heights. Apartments previously frozen were sold to anyone interested, and huge amounts of money were invested in developing foundation work and industry. All Netanyahu had to do is pick the fruits.
Thirty years after, the land-greedy are still stealing and
appropriating it wherever possible - in the Golan heights, as in the
West Bank. What we are left with are the words of Yifat Kastiel, whose
twin sister was murdered recently in Wadi Kelet:
They fight here
all the time over pieces of land. But what importance could the land
have, when the people who live here are so miserable?