Abba Eban: Some American leaders--including Secretary of
State Rusk--found it difficult to assume that the attack
had been inadvertent. They occupied their minds with
various scenarios of motivation. All of them were false.
Israel had no interest whatever in preventing the United
States from knowing what was going on. There was nothing
apologetic about our military decisions ....I
categorically assert that the LIBERTY tragedy was not
deliberate. I attended all the intimate consultations of
the defense and diplomatic leaders in those forty-eight
hours, and it is certain that airmen and soldiers would
not have reported falsely to the prime minister, the
newly appointed defense minister and to the chief of
staff on a matter as grave as the sinking [sic] of an
American vessel by Israeli forces.