|US had plan to attack Israel in 1967|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Sunday, 22 April 2007 17:00|
|A top-secret study by the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington has revealed that the US had concrete plans for attacking Israel in the event of an all out war, in order to enforce the status quo in the Middle East. The American's had two strategies, one that favoured Israel in the event of an Israeli defeat by the surrounding Arab nations, and one that favoured the Arabs if Israel attempted to to take control of more territory in the Middle East. The US wanted to keep Israel within the bounds of the 1949 armistice lines. The General in charge of Strike Command in the US, which would have initiated the armed intervention between the Arabs and Israelis, was asked to refresh the war plans. A preliminary paper was drawn up on June 5th, 1967, but the plans had to be shelved when the Six Day War began - on that same date. |
Quote: "On June 6, when the success of the Israel Air Force was known, and as the divisions under IDF Generals Israel Tal, Ariel Sharon and Avraham Yoffe advanced into Sinai, the Joint Chiefs sent McNamara top-secret memorandum No. 315-67, recommending that the United States not intervene militarily, that it continue to work through the United Nations and bilateral diplomatic channels, including consultation with the Soviets, to stop the war, and that logistical support for all sides be suspended. The American sigh of relief at the demise of the worst-case scenario - the danger that Israel would be destroyed - was replaced by the fear that the Arab defeat had been so crushing that the Soviets would intervene on their behalf, or at least would reap a diplomatic profit.
The Six Day War resulted in Israel capturing the Gaza and the Sinai desert from Egypt, the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria, despite overwhelming odds. Israel could have went on to overthrow these countries, but their goal of preventing an impending Arab attack was completed. It is surprising to hear that the US had plans to attack Israel. After the Second World War, the British prevented thousands of Jews returning to their ancient homeland. Britain's treatment of the Jewish people after the war, I believe, resulted in the the collapse of the British Empire. Had America done the same during the Six Day War, the I have no doubt the same would have happened to them.