Friday, 12 November 2010

Cohen: “The attempted Arab invasion of Israel in 1967 … ”

  • Posted by rippon on November 12, 2010, 2:58 am

    Have finally got round to Nick Cohen’s ‘What’s Left?’

    On p21, he writes: “The attempted Arab invasion of Israel in 1967 had proved to be a spectacular miscalculation when the Six Day War ended in a stunning Israeli victory and the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.”

    I can’t remember all the bits and pieces I’ve read over the years, but the impression I had was that the reality was the reverse of what Cohen writes (“attempted Arab invasion”).

    Even Wikipedia says: “The Six-Day War has been characterized as a preemptive war,[d] an "inadvertent war", and an action designed to preserve the credibility of Israel's deterrence strategy, among other things.”

    [Anyway, as I gradually make progress through Cohen’s book, I might come back here again to seek comments.]

    • Cohen and glib self justification

      Posted by Neil on November 12, 2010, 3:13 am, in reply to "Cohen: “The attempted Arab invasion of Israel in 1967 … ”"

      Cohen, as with similar commentators and so many throughout MSM and academia, spends time and energy exclaiming erroneous generalisations that wilfully obfuscate and misrepresent the facts to accord with their worldview.

      This is done effortlessly as the generalisations are spun around current and recent events; a whole fantasy world of self justification can be manufactured as much for the benefit of the individual, such as Cohen in this case, as for edification of their readers.

      Regards,
      Neil

    • Re: Cohen: “The attempted Arab invasion of Israel in 1967 … ”

      Posted by David Bracewell on November 12, 2010, 5:25 am, in reply to "Cohen: “The attempted Arab invasion of Israel in 1967 … ”"


      Menahem Begin: "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." Chomsky - Fateful Triangle

      Yitzhak Rabin, Israel's Chief of Staff in
      1967 : "I do not think Nasser wanted war. The two divisions he sent to The Sinai would not have been sufficient to launch an offensive war. He
      knew it and we knew it.", Le Monde 1968.

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