In defence of Israel from 'Fisks's facts'
ROBERT Fisk (Irish Independent, August 9) says the Syrian army has 8,000 tanks "to protect Syria from Israel"! This is an incredible statement to make and is an outright historical falsehood. History shows that it was Syria which has repeatedly attacked Israel, not the other way around. Syria did so, in conjunction with other Arab powers, in 1948 and 1973, and in 1967 was about to do so again before Israel's pre-emptive strike in the Six-Day War.
Neither does Mr Fisk explain why a country like Syria would need such a vast tank fleet. Moreover, unlike Israel, Syria has never been threatened with destruction by its neighbours.
Mr Fisk has a long record of inventing facts to support his bias and has even been successfully sued for doing so.