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    From a425couple@21:1/5 to All on Thu Jan 6 13:52:35 2022
    Michael Davison
    Retired Industrial Engineer and Production Manager in Israel
    Updated Dec 27

    Why did President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt blockade Israeli ships in
    the Straits of Tiran and prevent them from passing through the Suez Canal? When? He blockaded them twice. Once in 1956 and again in 1967.

    The first time, he barred Israel-bound shipping from the far East to
    pass through the Canal just after he nationalized it and took it away
    from France and Great Britain. This was probably because he was still
    ashamed of the loss to Arab pride and Arab honor for Egypt being
    defeated along with the other Arab states that attacked Israel in 1948.

    The second time, he had false facts fed to him by his Soviet military
    advisors, who told him they had secret information that the IDF was
    going to use the summer exercise in the Galilee as cover for an attack
    on Syria. there were no such intentions on the part of the Israeli

    However, the Soviet advisors (and their bosses) underestimated the
    hatred Nasser had for Israel, so he closed the Straits of Trian to
    Israel-bound shipping a second time, violating the 1957 agreement that
    followed the Suez Crisis of 1956, which declared the Straits as an international waterway (Nasser’s excuse was that the Straits were
    Egyptian and that Egypt had the right to deny the use of the canal to
    any shipping that benefitted an enemy (Israel).

    He also demanded, and got, the removal of the UN observation force from
    the Sinai Peninsula and loaded the same with Egyptian forces, again
    against the 1957 cease-fire agreement.

    At the same tine, he publicly made threats of this nature almost daily, inciting the entire Arab world to join in the boastful claims of what
    they would “do to the Jews”. Here’s just a small selection:

    "Our basic objective will be the destruction of Israel. The Arab people
    want to fight . . . The mining of Sharm el Sheikh is a confrontation
    with Israel. Adopting this measure obligates us to be ready to embark on
    a general war with Israel." – Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser, May
    27, 1967

    "We will not accept any ... coexistence with Israel. ... Today the issue
    is not the establishment of peace between the Arab states and Israel
    .... The war with Israel is in effect since 1948." – Nasser, May 28, 1967

    "The armies of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon are poised on the
    borders of Israel . . . . to face the challenge, while standing behind
    us are the armies of Iraq, Algeria, Kuwait, Sudan and the whole Arab
    nation. This act will astound the world. Today they will know that the
    Arabs are arranged for battle, the critical hour has arrived. We have
    reached the stage of serious action and not declarations." – Nasser,
    May, 30, 1967 after signing a defense pact with Jordan's King Hussein

    "We are now ready to confront Israel .... The issue now at hand is not
    the Gulf of Aqaba, the Straits of Tiran, or the withdrawal of UNEF, but
    the ... aggression which took place in Palestine ... with the
    collaboration of Britain and the United States." – Nasser, June 2, 1967

    "Under terms of the military agreement signed with Jordan, Jordanian
    artillery co-ordinated with the forces of Egypt and Syria is in a
    position to cut Israel in two at Kalkilya, where Israeli territory
    between the Jordan armistice line and the Mediterranean Sea is only
    twelve kilometers wide ... ." – El Akhbar newspaper, Cairo, May 31, 1967

    Now, before any Nasser or Arab apologists claim it was all bombast and
    that Nasser never intended to actually make good on those boasts, read this:

    Arab leaders did plan to eliminate Israel in Six-Day War
    Op-ed: During the 1967 war, Israel seized Egyptian and Jordanian
    operational documents with clear orders to annihilate the civil
    population. Nevertheless, different academics are distorting the facts
    in a bid to turn the Arabs into victims and Israel into an aggressor.
    Here’s the real story. https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4968426,00.html
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