Israeli Attack on USS Liberty

What happened to the USS Liberty during the Six Day War?

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USS Liberty 1967

Early in the afternoon of June 8, 1967, during the Six Day War, Israeli jets and missile boats opened fire on the USS Liberty, an American intelligence ship operating off the coast of Gaza. Israeli torpedo boats quickly converged to join the attack, then abruptly ceased fire and offered assistance to the USS Liberty crew. Struck by rockets, cannons and torpedoes, the vessel suffered extensive damage and over 200 casualties: 34 Americans dead, and 171 injured.
The Israeli attack on the USS Liberty was a grievous error, largely attributable to the fact that it occurred in the midst of the confusion of a full-scale war. Ten official United States investigations and three official Israeli inquiries have all conclusively established the attack was a tragic mistake. Israel compensated the injured sailors and the families of those killed. Over time, newly declassified documents haveall supported the Israeli explanation. All investigations have concluded the same thing:the attack was an accident caused by miscommunication and command blunders in boththe American and Israeli military. The accidental attack, though tragic, is one of many common in war. In 1967 alone, "friendly fire" killed 5,373 Americans fighting in Vietnam. Unfortunately, this incident has attracted conspiracy theorists who have generated a series of "exposes", but in the end all of the exposers havebeen themselves exposed as hoaxes. Most tragic of all, some of the surviving crew havetaken up the issue claiming a deliberate attack, contradicting their own sworn testimonyduring the investigations immediately after the event. A documentary on the HistoryChannel, broadcast August 9, 2001 was very poorly researched and gave furtherdistribution to some of these long debunked claims. Despite those who want to keep thisincident alive as a "cover up", the fact is that all available evidence is fully consistentwith the original explanations: the attack was an accident of war.

2 thoughts on “Israeli Attack on USS Liberty”

  1. At this time there is many articles being written about the USS LIBERTY attack
    The jews tried to blame the Egytians for the attack so that USA would go to war against the arabs
    Let the Americans die for us so we can be kept free. I am very glad that the Americans caught the jewsout and realise what the jews had done
    They are on the verge of doing the same thing again and will blame Iran
    They will somehow get invovled in a similar incident and will try to blame Iran for their evil attack on another US warship,
    so that USA will go and attack Iran The USS ENTERPRISE comes to mind
    Iran has no nuclear weapons of destruction and the jews are on the verge of starting WW3 at the expense of the USA
    If a war did eventuate all the arab nations would unite and gang up on the jews and wipe them out
    The jews have been behind every war and revolution and have made billions of dollars with war equipment
    They plan to take over the world and from memory there are about 2million more jews in New York than in Israel
    They run one of the dangerous groups (Moussard) getting rid of their so called enemies. They deported 75,000 arabs after
    May 14.1948 and executed many more I don’t ever remember reading about jewish attrocities against the arabs it was always

  2. In many discussions on articles and posts involving subjects having to do with Israel, you often find those who preface their remarks with something like “I’m Anti-Zionist, but not anti-Semitic”, or “Just because a person’s anti-Zionist it doesn’t make him or her anti-Semitic.” Yeah, right. But putting that aside for now, occasionally you’ll get an unabashed anti-Semitic poster like this “Brad” who is willing to condemn the Jewish people as a whole. Hey, “Brad” just because you may be a Star Trek fan (re: your mention of the USS ENTERPRISE), that still doesn’t raise your standing with me in the least. You’re a bigoted anti-Semitic jerk!

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