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May 26, 2011

CNN Article Maps Out '67 Lines Issues


This CNN article by Tim Lister does a commendable job explaining the status of the 1967 armistice line, an issue which is repeatedly misreported in the mainstream media. Lister writes, in part, that Netanyahu's

choice of the word "boundaries" may not have been accidental, because in 1967 Israel had no agreed borders with its Arab neighbors. They were instead armistice lines agreed to in 1949 after the division of Palestine. (Internationally-recognized borders with Jordan and Egypt have since been agreed upon.) The Six Day War rendered those armistice lines redundant.

At the end of May 1967, Egypt, Syria and Jordan were massing troops and armor within striking distance of Israel. Egypt had closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping. On June 5, Israel launched a pre-emptive attack that destroyed much of the Egyptian air force. In the days that followed, Israeli forces captured all of Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan, the Golan Heights from Syria and the Sinai peninsula and Gaza from Egypt. Suddenly, Israel had some "strategic depth."

Posted by TS at May 26, 2011 02:23 AM


Actually, it would have been nice if the article had specified that Jordan attacked Israel after the war with Egypt had begun, even though Israel begged them not to. Therefore, any question about Israel's right to keep territory captured in self-defense is moot.

Posted by: DavidG at May 26, 2011 04:16 AM

Am Yisreal has to unite to overcome our enemies that hate us so much.Ezra Sofair M.D.

Posted by: ezra sofair at May 29, 2011 04:19 PM

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