The Israeli musician, conductor and blogger Jonathan Ofir, now living in Denmark, aptly sums up one of the biggest propaganda campaigns ever indulged in by Israel leaders, viz that poor little David was under mortal threat by the massive Arab juggernaut in June 1967.I cover this material in my upcoming book.
For decades israel has successfully promoted this hoary tale, hasbara, propaganda to cement its historical right to all of Palestine.
John Kerry has been given many kudos for his “magisterial” warning” to Israel—always after an American election, never before and never in eight years did they risk offending the strong Zionist lobby.never once did they refuse the billions they sent to help pen up the indigenous population of Palestine. In terms of Israel’s imminent demise in `1967 Kerry totally missed the boat
“The Six-Day War, when Israel again fought for its survival”, says Kerry.
This tells you all you need to know about what is wrong with the Democrats.
Ofir licts the all-known debunked myth of Israel as little David.
Another myth, dispelled by Israel’s own leaders and generals:
Former Prime Minister Menachem Begin, a member of the cabinet in June 1967 said that “In June 1967, we again had a choice. The Egyptian Army concentrations in the Sinai approaches do not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him”.
General Matti Peled, Chief of Operations in 1967: “I am convinced that our General Staff never told the government [of Levi Eshkol] that there was any substance to the Egyptian military threat to Israel, or that we were not capable of crushing Nasser’s army which had exposed itself, with unprecedented foolishness, to the devastating strikes of our forces…. While we proceeded towards the full mobilization of our forces, no person in his right mind could believe that all this force was necessary for our ‘defense’ against the Egyptian threat….To pretend that the Egyptian forces concentrated on our borders were capable of threatening Israel’s existence not only insults the intelligence of any person capable of analyzing this kind of situation, but is primarily an insult to Zahal [the Israeli Army].”
There are numerous similar accounts.
Rabin: “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.”
Mordecai Bentov (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 territory.”
General Haim Bar-Lev (Rabin’s predecessor as chief of staff): “We were not threatened with genocide on the eve of the Six Days War, and we had never thought of such a possibility.”
Ezer Weizman, Chief of Operations during the war (by the way nephew of Chaim Weizmann): “There was never any danger of annihilation. This hypothesis has never been considered in any serious meeting.”
And finally, to sum this up with Peled once again: “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.”
The myth was fosterec to bring Americans solidly into the Israeli camp.At this time, the Palestinian voice ws unheard and the West was still shouldering holocaust guilt.
It has taken 50 years for the world to ewake to the Palestinian dispossession and occupation.
History may take a long time but a lie never lasts for ever.