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Reader comment on item: The Liberty Incident: The 1967 Israeli Attack on the U.S. Spy Ship

Submitted by Holger Sens (Germany), Aug 28, 2003 at 22:52

1956 the USA and UdSSR forced the stop of the Sinai/Suez Campaign.
Israel kept a distance to the Suez, when Mitla was enough "to endanger
the safety" of the Canal.
1967 foreign minister Abba Eban got the allowence by the US and UK to
restore the status quo ante by force. France insisted that this was the
task of the USA, the main power, which saved Nasser 1956.
Till night June 7 1967 the IDF reached the passes and Sharm el Sheikh
was conquered. The main body of the Eyqptian Sinai forces defeated and
the Straits open again. The status quo ante reached. All this east of 33 Longitude the "Red Line" set by the USA. At June 8 the IDF passed the "Red Line"
and reached the Suez June 9. At that crucial day the intelligence ship
ATGR-5 Liberty reached the Sinai-coast near El Arish to travel the coast-line
in direction of Port Said (33 Longitude). A first hand witness for the US-Administration.
If the Israeli claims, they were forced by the Egyptians to go to the Canal,
were not true, the Israeli Government had a real problem.
The 3 Israeli PTs had 1 cm gun each and two torpedos. Of this were 5 fired,
and one hit. (Seems No 6 was a no go) one of the 5 fired was a run-away.) The
After air-attacks before the Liberty reached 10+ knots from 5 before, which helped
the Skipper to outmaneuvre 4 torpedos. Oversize military crew for such ship helped
to survive the hit, normally enough to sink. One PT fired form 450 yards distance.

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