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January 14, 2004
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An examination of recently declassified U.S. intelligence documents reinforces Israel’s claims that its 1967 attack on a U.S. ship was a mistake. National Security Agency historian David Hatch said intercepts of a conversation between Israel’s Air Force command and two helicopter pilots “suggest strongly that the Israeli attackers did not know they were aiming deadly fire at a vessel belonging to the United States,” though they fall short of absolute proof.

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