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Moshe Dayan on Taking of Golan

In a 1976 interview by Israeli journalist Rami Tal, Dayan claimed that 80 percent of the cross-border clashes between Israel and Syria in the years before the war were a result of Israeli provocation. He said, "I made a mistake in allowing the Israeli conquest of the Golan Heights. As defense minister I should have stopped it because the Syrians were not threatening us at the time." In the same interview, he also outlined how deliberately a tractor was sent to plow the land in the demilitarized zone near the Golan Heights to provoke Syrians start shooting, followed by the Israeli strike leading to this war. It finally resulted in the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights and the much needed agricultural land nearby.[4][5]

# 4 "Israel and Syria: Correcting the Record", Stephen S. Rosenfeld, Washington Post, December 24, 1999.
# 5 "General's Words Shed a New Light on the Golan", Serge Schmemann, New York Times, May 11, 1997.

  - Dayan on the taking of the Golan Heights in 1967, indicating many of the firefights with the Syrians were deliberately provoked by Israel, and that many who pressed the government to take the Golan Heights did so less for security than for farmland; in a 1976 interview with Rami Tal, as quoted in The New York Times and Associated Press reports (11 May 1997)

Dayan didn't want the Israeli government to allow the kibbutzim to build in Golan afterwards — he hoped to trade it back for peace.
  -Amos Eran on the taking of the Golan Heights, as quoted in The Washington Post (12 May 1997)
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