The Israelis have been playing this game of giving false reasons for their attacks on Arabs for a very long time. They spread these lies through the media giving Americans a totally misleading picture of what is happening mainly to paint Israel as the victim. Their history is full of admissions -- after the fact -- regarding the real reasons for their attacks and the provocative role they played in eliciting an Arab response. Here are a few past admissions by their leaders.
"Moshe Dayan, the celebrated commander who, as Defense Minister in 1967, gave the order to conquer the Golan...[said] many of the firefights with the Syrians were deliberately provoked by Israel, and the kibbutz residents who pressed the Government to take the Golan Heights did so less for security than for the farmland...[Dayan stated] 'They didn't even try to hide their greed for the land...We would send a tractor to plow some area where it wasn't possible to do anything, in the demilitarized area, and knew in advance that the Syrians would start to shoot. If they didn't shoot, we would tell the tractor to advance further, until in the end the Syrians would get annoyed and shoot.
And then we would use artillery and later the air force also, and that's how it was...The Syrians, on the fourth day of the war, were not a threat to us.'"
The New York Times, May 11, 1997
"The thesis that the danger of genocide was hanging over us in June 1967 and that Israel was fighting for its physical existence is only bluff, which was born and developed after the war." --Israeli General Matityahu Peled, Ha'aretz, 19 March 1972.
Menahem Begin had the following remarks to make: '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.' "Noam Chomsky, "The Fateful Triangle."
PRC condemns Israeli assault on Gaza Strip
The Palestinian Return Centre is extremely concerned over Israel’s
escalation of violence against the Palestinian People in Gaza.
Israel’s shameful bombing yesterday, which killed 15, mainly
civilians, including 3 children, is the continuation of ongoing
violence against the Palestinians in Gaza.
Gaza continues to be under siege, and sporadic violence against the
people of Gaza has been unrelenting since Operation Cast Lead, killing
hundreds of Palestinians over the past Four years.
Unlike the rockets, which Israel uses as a ruse whenever it needs to
ratchet up its bombardment of Gaza, Israeli assaults have been killing
Palestinians on a daily basis.
On 08 November 2012, Only Six days prior to its most recent assault,
the Israeli occupying forces killed a Palestinian child during an
incursion into ‘Abassan village, east of Kahn Yunis, Gaza.
On 10 November 2012, IOF killed 4 Palestinian civilians, including
two children, when they fired a number of artillery shells at
al-Shoja’iya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. Additionally, 38
Palestinians, including 9 children, were wounded.
The Israeli military has even imposed a policy to keep Palestinians
in Gaza just above the threshold off mass starvation by counting their
The people of Gaza are the victims of a fateful and cynical shift
within the Israeli political climate that has made the repression and
killing of Palestinians a political asset.
Disgracefully our media and politicians have failed to make any
comments about the daily death and destruction faced by nearly 2
million Palestinians, corralled into a slither of land, from which
they are unable to escape.
Our media has totally failed to ask the right question and instead
allowed itself to be a platform from which Israel has been able to
justify its criminal actions.
Our politicians have been quick to place blame on the people who are
fighting a brutal occupation, while keeping silent over the siege, and
daily violence committed by Israel.
The statement by our Foreign Secretary will be seen as anything but a
green light by Israel to escalate its assault on Gaza.
We call on everybody to join in our support for an end to the
violence and aggression carried out by Israel. The global civic
community needs to join again in solidarity before another Cast Lead
assault on Gaza.
Write to your MPs to condemn Israel for any escalation in violence
and not make Israel’s case for bombing the people of Gaza.
Join thousands of others who will be demonstrating today at the
Israeli Embassy from 5:30 to 7:30 PM