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U.S. Says 1967 Attack Act of Negligence

Reviewing documents covering 36 years, amid a lack of consensus, a State Department official concluded Monday that Israel’s attack on the U.S. spy ship Liberty during the 1967 Six Day War was an act of Israeli negligence. The United States also was negligent, the official maintained, for failing to notify Israel that the electronic intelligence-gathering ship was cruising international waters off the Egyptian coast and for failing to withdraw the Liberty from the war zone. A daylong conference that studied fresh documents as well as the established record failed to produce a consensus for any of three views voiced most often: Israel intentionally attacked what it knew to be a ship of the U.S. Navy, the attack was accidental, or the attack resulted from faulty judgment. Thirty-four Americans were killed in the June 8, 1967, attack, and more than 170 were wounded. Full Story

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