The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

USS Liberty attack revisited

A panel organized by the State Department has concluded that the sinking of the USS Liberty in 1967 was the result of negligence on both the Israeli and American side.

The official said that though Israel should be held responsible for the attack, the United States was also negligent for failing to notify Israel the Liberty was in international waters and for failing to withdraw the ship from the war zone.

However, survivors and intelligence experts remain skeptical that there may have been cover-ups and that Israel knew what it was doing.