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By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - David Ben-Gurion
Shortly after Israel's stunning victory in the 1967 Six Day War, a cartoon appeared simply showing the fabled Egyptian Sphinx sporting a black eye patch. It was one of those wonderful images that needed no words: the man behind his nation's triumph was Moshe Dayan, who had worn that patch ever since losing his eye during World War II, making it an integral part of his very high public profile.
Deep in the heart of Mea Shearim, a Jerusalem bastion of hardline ultra-Orthodox Jews, hundreds of bearded young men in black suits have their noses burrowed into books, immersed in biblical study and oblivious to their surroundings.
Today, Palestinians and their supporters, as they have done increasingly over the years, mark what they call the "naqba" (Arabic for catastrophe) day. But commemoration is only one aspect of the day. The clue to the real meaning of the naqba lies on the previous day, May 14, the day Israel declared independence upon the termination of British rule.
It's not every day that the leader of a brand-new country makes his maiden foreign voyage to Jerusalem, capital of the most besieged country in the world, but Salva Kiir, president of South Sudan, accompanied by his foreign and defense ministers, did just that in late December. Israeli President Shimon Peres hailed his visit as a "moving and historic moment."
It is with some relief that one picks up "Palestine Betrayed," by Ephraim Karsh, a professor of history at London University. His book is a thoroughly researched, sound historical account of the struggles that ensued between the Jewish and Arab communities when the British decided to leave Palestine.