A series where I use history to debunk common misconceptions about the Middle East conflict.
The article captures the mood at the time: overwhelming support for the Jewish state in the US, with even groups – like leftist US Jews – who are nowadays no great friends of Israel being fully in support of her fight. Also made clear from the article:
- Israel was in great peril at the time and would not have fought had the Arab aggression (including blockading the Gulf of Aqaba) not taken place
- Nasser’s lies to strengthen support (some things have not changed)
- Israel’s shooting of the USS Liberty during the hostilities – a favorite of the neo Nazis and other haters – was an accident for which Israel apologized
Note: I cannot provide a link to the full article since it is only available to those who have purchased a Time Magazine subscription. But I have provided screenshots below. As usual, click on the screenshots to enlarge.