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Israel acted in self-defense in 1967

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Submitted by Ken Gold (United States), Nov 2, 2005 at 14:59

Dr. Pipes wrote: "That three Arab states tightened a noose around Israel in 1967 did not prove they intended to attack it." This is a rare case in which I disagree with Dr. Pipes. Israel's actions in June 1967 are not relevant to a discussion about preemption. International legal scholars agree that Egypt's blockade of the port of Eilat was a casus belli, an act of war - even the Third World dominated UN agreed - and thus Israel's action in attacking Egypt was permissible self-defense in response to an attack, not preemption.

Ken Gold
West Bloomfield, Michigan
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