- The Washington Times - Monday, July 13, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In his Thursday column “Israeli know-how,” The Washington Times’ Editor-at-Large Arnaud de Borchgrave writes that in 1956, Israel, France and Great Britain “had invaded stealthily [the Suez Canal Zone] to secure the vital waterway recently nationalized by Egypt’s President Gamal Abdel Nasser.” This description is seriously incomplete.

France and Great Britain invaded Egypt to secure the Suez Canal and, they hoped, undermine or overthrow Nasser. Simultaneously, Israel invaded the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula to stop an increasingly deadly terrorism campaign that was based in the Egyptian-occupied Gaza Strip and was targeting civilians in nearby southwestern Israel. Israel also wanted, if possible, to end Egypt’s belligerent blockade of Israeli shipping through the canal and the Straits of Tiran.

ROBERT G. SAMET

Potomac

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