I still haven't seen where capturing the land in a war equates to stealing it.
Particularly when the victors didn't start the war in the first place!!!
Incorrect. Contrary to popular belief, the Arabs did not
start the 1967 war.
I share some quotes from Israeli leaders admitting to starting the war and provoking the Arab nations.
"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.
Here is a segment of an article that talks about Israel taking the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 war.
Furthermore, The New York Times, May 11, 1997 said in an article that Moshe Dayan, the Minister of defense at the time admitted that Israel provoked the war on the Syrian side and occupied the Golan Heights out of greed for more land.
"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.'"
Israel's Defense Minister of 1967 PUBLICALLY admits to stealing the Golan Heights out of GREED for more land...
This part of the article has to do with Egypt:
Israel has always claimed that the 1967 war was a self defense as the Arabs started the war and wanted to destroy Israel at that time.
There are several evidence that this is not necessarily true. Israel has always wanted the West Bank and Gaza Strip and especially East Jerusalem.
Noam Chomsky, a Jewish intellectual, argued against that in his book, "The Fateful Triangle".
"The former Commander of the Air Force, General Ezer Weitzman, regarded as a hawk, stated that there was 'no threat of destruction' but that the attack on Egypt, Jordan and Syria was nevertheless justified so that Israel could 'exist according the scale, spirit, and quality she now embodies.'...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."
The late Prime Misniter of Israel, Yitzhaq Rabin, assassinated by a Jewish fanatic Igal Ameer in 1995 affirms that Egypt did not want to attack Israel.
"I do not think Nasser wanted war. The two divisions he sent to The Sinai would not have been sufficient to launch an offensive war. He knew it and we knew it." Rabin said in an article published in Le Monde French paper on 2/28/68 as he was Israel's Chief of Staff in 1967.
Here is another lovely quote. Moshe Sharett quoting what Moshe Dayan had once said in his dairies:
"The state.... must see the sword as the main if not the only, instrument with which to keep its morale high and to retain its moral tension. Toward this end it may -- no it MUST -- invent dangers, and to do this it must adopt the method of provocation and revenge.... And above all, let us hope for a new war with the Arab countries so that we may finally get rid of our troubles and acquire our space." Diary of Moshe Sharett, Israeli's first Foreign Minister from 1948-1956, and Prime Minister from 1954-1956.
[Edited 2004-11-11 06:30:06]
"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran