Friday, October 19, 2012

Now Where Have We Heard That Before?

"Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us." Ecclesiastes

"Ben-Gurion took the opportunity to reiterate his false accusation that 'Abdel Nasser declared day after day that Egypt was at war with Israel and he did not conceal his principal aim which was to attack Israel and wipe it off the face of the earth at the first opportunity.' Through repetition Israel maintained the currency of such charges in the West, although they have never been substantiated by a single documented quotation from Nasser. It is a clever tactic since it is impolitic for an Arab to deny making hostile statements about Israel. Being therefore unchallenged, such Israeli accusations tend, through incessant repetition, to become accepted." (Suez: The Twice-Fought War, Kennett Love, 1969, pp 640-641)

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