Applying the Six-Day War to Iran

With the 45th anniversary of the Six-Day War of June 1967 coming early next month, pro-Israel pundits like syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer are again promoting Israel’s faux narrative on the reasons behind Israel’s decision to attack its neighbors.

The Krauthammers of our domesticated, corporate media seem bent on waging pre-emptive war against an accurate historical rendering of the actual objectives behind that Israeli offensive that overwhelmed Arab armies and seized large swaths of Arab territory, land that hard-line Zionists refer to as “Greater Israel,” i.e. rightly theirs.

With its surprise attacks on June 5, 1967, Israel rapidly defeated the armies of its Arab neighbors. It gained control of the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria.

The Sinai was returned to Egypt in 1979 as a result of the Camp David peace accord, a land-for-peace swap that U.S. President Jimmy Carter demanded and that then-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin deeply resented.

Jewish settlement has proceeded apace on other territories conquered in the Six-Day War, particularly in the Palestinian West Bank, which Israel’s ruling Likud Party refers to by its Biblical names Judea and Samaria.

Likud’s charter declares that “the Jewish communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza are the realization of Zionist values. Settlement of the land is a clear expression of the unassailable right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel. … The Likud will continue to strengthen and develop these communities and will prevent their uprooting.”

In other words, in the Six-Day War, Israel seized land that hard-line Zionists consider to be part of their ancestral legacy. The surprise attack in 1967 was the means to that end. The Likud Party emerged several years later with the explicit intent of consolidating that control through a settlement policy called “changing the facts on the ground.”

Time to Worry

Yet, despite Israel’s continued expansion into those Palestinian lands, pro-Israel pundits are in a defensive mood these days, and with good reason. They see a particular need this year to whitewash Israel’s surprise attack on its Arab neighbors 45 years ago – not only because the anniversary is likely to draw more than the usual attention – but also because Israel’s strategic position has deteriorated markedly in the past year.

For instance, the 80 million-plus Egyptians are no longer neutered by the joint Mubarak-Israel-U.S. effort to repress them and co-opt them into passivity vis-à-vis the Palestinians. Serious contenders in the upcoming Egyptian election have said they would reconsider the Egypt-Israel Treaty of 1979.

Some leading Egyptian politicians have added that they would fling wide open Egypt’s border with Gaza, where about 1.5 million Palestinians live in what amounts to an open-air prison. These Egyptians also are saying strongly sympathetic things about the widespread suffering in Gaza and the West Bank.

Equally important, Egypt’s present government has already nullified the sweetheart arrangement under which Egypt was providing natural gas to Israel at bargain basement prices.  (That alone is a very big deal.)

And, in sad contrast to the deafening silence of senior American officials regarding Israel’s reckless killing of U.S. citizens, such as Rachel Corrie in 2003, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues to demand an apology for Israel’s killing of Turkish citizens aboard the Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010.

The result of that dispute is a sharp diminution in what used to be very close military ties between Turkey and Israel — not to mention a lot of ill will, which can be very corrosive over the longer run.

Misinformed Americans

Regarding the events of 1967, America’s pro-Israel pundit class knows only too well that Egyptians, Turks, Syrians, Jordanians and other audiences in the Middle East will not buy Israel’s faux-history of the Six-Day War — many having been on the receiving end of it.

Thus, it is abundantly clear that the primary targets of the disinformation are Americans like those who subscribe to the neoconservative Washington Post, whose editors in recent decades have been careful to keep their readers malnourished on the thin gruel of watered-down (or unreliable) facts about the Middle East (think, Iraq’s WMDs).

So, it would be simply too much to acknowledge, as former Israeli Prime Minister Begin did 30 years ago, in an uncommon burst of hubris-tinged honesty, that Israel’s attack on its neighbors in 1967 was in no way a defensive war — or even a “pre-emptive” war (there being no really dangerous Egyptian or other threat to pre-empt).

While Prime Minister in 1982, Begin declared: “In June 1967, we had a choice. The Egyptian Army concentrations in the Sinai approaches (did) not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.”

Such real history would lift the veil now shrouding Israel’s version that plays up the “threat” posed by Egypt and disguises the grand enterprise to expand Israel’s borders and — in double-contravention of international law — to colonize the occupied territories.

To bolster Israel’s heroic rendition of the Six-Day War – and to apply its supposed lessons to Israel’s current plans to bomb Iran – Krauthammer reprised that triumphal version of Israel masterfully defending itself against imminent destruction by the Arabs.

“On June 5 (1967), Israel launched a preemptive strike on the Egyptian air force, then proceeded to lightning victories on three fronts,” Krauthammer wrote, cooing: “The Six-Day War is legend.”

He then overlaid that gauzy history onto today’s confrontation with Iran: “Israelis today face the greatest threat to their existence — nuclear weapons in the hands of apocalyptic mullahs publicly pledged to Israel’s annihilation — since May ’67. The world is again telling Israelis to do nothing as it looks for a way out. But if such a way is not found — as in ’67 — Israelis know that they will once again have to defend themselves, by themselves.”

Noting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent coalition with the rival Kadima Party, Krauthammer also mocked the importance of former Israeli intelligence chiefs cautioning against a rush to war with Iran.

He wrote: “So much for the recent media hype about some great domestic resistance to Netanyahu’s hard line on Iran. Two notable retired intelligence figures were widely covered here for coming out against him. Little noted was that one had been passed over by Netanyahu to be the head of Mossad, while the other had been fired by Netanyahu as Mossad chief (hence the job opening). …

“The [new] wall-to-wall coalition demonstrates Israel’s political readiness to attack, if necessary. (Its military readiness is not in doubt.) Those counseling Israeli submission, resignation or just endless patience can no longer dismiss Israel’s tough stance as the work of irredeemable right-wingers.”

After reading this Krauthammer op-ed in the May 10 Washington Post, I decided, against my better judgment, to invest a half-hour writing a letter to the editor, trying to make it as factual as possible. Several days after its submission, I have given up any meager hope I may have harbored that the Post would actually print it.

Perhaps that half-hour investment will not have been a complete waste of time if I can share the result with you:

Letter to the Editor, Washington Post, May 13, 2012

In his May 10 op-ed column, “Echoes of ’67: Israel unites,” Charles Krauthammer refers to May 1967 as “Israel’s most fearful, desperate month” and compares it to today, claiming that Iran poses “the greatest threat” to Israel’s existence.

It ain’t necessarily so. In August 1982, then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin admitted publicly: “In June 1967, we had a choice. The Egyptian Army concentrations in the Sinai approaches (did) not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.”

Today’s “threat” from Iran is equally ephemeral. Krauthammer, though, warns ominously about “nuclear weapons in the hands of apocalyptic mullahs publicly pledged to Israel’s annihilation.”

The allusion is to an illusion — the alleged threat by Iranian President Ahmadinejad to “wipe Israel off the map.”  But he never said that, an inconvenient reality reluctantly acknowledged by Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor early last month. And in January, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and his Israeli counterpart both publicly affirmed the unanimous assessment of U.S. intelligence that Iran is not working on a nuclear weapon.

Who, then, is being apocalyptic? Krauthammer’s agenda is so transparent that a rigorous Fact Check should be de rigueur.

  1. #1 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on 05/19/2012 - 9:34

    The whole world has allowed both Israel and the US to drum for “war” against Iran NON STOP (like they did for Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.) since at least the past decade, on the agenda since they had dumped the Shah and failed to obtain Imaam Khomeyni’s collaboration!

    When Iran is being bombed, let me not hear one of them who voted for their respective governments or accepted Western paid dictators and puppets as their rulers (those UN whores!) and who did not stand up against US-Israel hegemony and their CALL FOR GENOCIDE OF OTHER NATIONS open their BIG MOUTH AND COMPLAIN!

    Their turn will surely come and they will have deserved it. NOW IS THE TIME TO STOP THE WARMONGERS BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

    This world is doomed, not because of Iran, but after Iran those bastards will continue with other nations! And, let not anyone come then and talk to me about their JESUS or their ALLAH!

    The Voice of Human Conscience

  2. #2 by Ingrid B on 05/19/2012 - 9:34

    Who was it who said, “you can fool all people some of the time, some people all of the time, but you can`t fool all people all of the time” ?

  3. #3 by B.Benhamid on 05/19/2012 - 9:34

    None of it will make a difference if you’re still feeding the beast.

  4. #4 by Al_Hind on 05/19/2012 - 9:34

    Brilliant Imran Hosein latest talk:

    And on Turkey and Syria:

  5. #5 by Al_Hind on 05/19/2012 - 9:34

    Ishfahan, Iran:

  6. #6 by B.A.Frémaux-Soormally on 05/19/2012 - 9:34

    #2 by Ingrid B on May 19, 2012 – 5:52 pm

    Who was it who said…

    Abraham Lincoln

  7. #7 by Jim on 05/20/2012 - 9:34

    Charles Krauthammer, the shameless Israeli agent, should be arrested for treason, and upon conviction by a jury of his peers, dealt with as traitors should be in the USA. They are so lucky to survive under the veil of democracy.

  8. #8 by Historian on 05/20/2012 - 9:34

    @ Ingrid B


    You can fool some people some times, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.

    And it was Bob Marley in Get up Stand up

  9. #9 by michael mazur on 05/20/2012 - 9:34

    These Jews had better think it through beyond war gaming the outcome of an assault on Iran, for irrespective of the outcome in the region, which will be appalling to all sides whatever happens – there will be no winners, the sentiment towards Israel and the Jews in America will undergo a radical transformation, when even the hitherto most uninformed will try to understand how and why it was that their material circumstances were so rapidly reduced in a matter of weeks following special war levies imposed on existing taxation burdens as well as a doubling of fuel prices due to the Persian Gulf being shut off, and stopping also the countries of the Gulf Co operation Council from shipping out their oil.

    What even they will begin to perceive – through their normal mental fog, is that America is defending Israel after Israel started a war with Iran, so why should America defend Israel in that circumstance, they will ask, since a pledge to defend Israel only encouraged them to attack Iran.

    The above reasoning is true only if Obama responds to a Iranian retaliation following an initiating Israeli assault.

    But that’s the big rub in all this; Bush in late 08 was scared to, even under pressure from the highest level Israeli politicians seeing him; Obama is likewise scared to, never mind the reassuring noises he would have made in private to the Israelis before Nov08, as he too is wiley, so they don’t really know what he is thinking.

    He wants a 2nd term, and were he to give the nod to the Israelis now, he would not be re elected, and Ron Paul would find that the delegates committed to Romney would desert, as Romney would be unable to give a clear `no` to Israel’s demands. Ron Paul would win, rigged machines notwithstanding, as the vote for him would be so huge.

    What would Ron Paul do ? Seek an immediate ceasefire with Ahmadinejad, which would be granted, and US Forces would withdraw to temporary defensive positions around Israel until both Israel and Iran agreed to cease hostilities.

    And the likely fate of that `shitty little state` is going to be huge internal recriminations, which will never heal, as they will have permanently lost their milk cow across the Atlantic, and also because Iran’s stature in the world will rise, as everyone else will know that the Jews did it, and other countries will be allocating significant aid to Iran to rebuild her, but with no help to Israel.

    And best of all, no Israeli citizen – or politician especially, will be issued with visas to visit other countries, with the usual exception of Australia.

    With Israel and the Jews no longer being either feared or respected, demands for a new 911 investigation would loudly follow, and it will come out that Israel did it, with the complicity of its Jews in high places in America, and as all Jews will be invited to depart to any country that will have them, they will all go to Australia, given the incredibly craven govts we have here.

    So, go ahead, Bibi, nuke Iran, for you are on your own, as Obama wouldn’t go with you these last near four years, he won’t now, nor in his 2nd term, and Romney isn’t gonna win.

  10. #10 by Ingrid B on 05/20/2012 - 9:34

    Historian, I think BAFS is right, and that it was originally said by Abraham Lincoln..

    mm, you paint a nice picture, but I`m afraid Obama has no say in anything, he is just a pretty mouth, and I suspect the next POTUS was chosen, by the Jews in high places in America, a long time ago..

  11. #11 by Ingrid B on 05/20/2012 - 9:34

    @Al_Hind, just got round to watching the Imran Hosein videos, he sounds so wise, and knowledgeable..

  12. #12 by Naeem on 05/20/2012 - 9:34

    Charles Krauthammer this state terrorist was responisle for the iilegal invasion of iraq he should be hanged asap the evil satanic demon. ISrael cannot apply the sixday war to iran, IMPOSSIBLE and the faggots know that. thats why their screaming 24/7 at the goyim to do it for them because they feel unsafe with their 400 nuclear weapons.

  13. #13 by michael mazur on 05/20/2012 - 9:34

    Naeem, some of Israel’s nuclear weapons will go into the five Dolphin Class subs acquired gratis from Germany – Manufactured Holocaust Guilt, as final backup to their Samson option.

    By final backup is meant the response to the failure of their Samson option which itself is the aerial delivery of their nuclear arsenal onto the remnants of the several former nuclear armed states in an attempt to completely destroy those states’ retaliatory capacity against Israel for having deliberately engineered the world’s destruction.

    For once Israel is destroyed – apologies to all the future dead Palestinians, then the Dolphin Class subs – the ultimate dead man’s switch, always on the move and undetectable until it is too late, will nuclear retaliate against the retaliating remnants of the former nuclear powers + Germany, for having been such a useful guilt ridden idiot.

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