Author Stewart Steven writes on USS Liberty

Stewart Steven: On the direct orders of Dayan, a message was put over the air making it plain to the LIBERTY that it had been spotted and that unless it sailed instantly the Israelis would have to take action. [Washington tried to recall the ship but the messages were misrouted]...the Israelis felt they had no option but to attack. The Americans had been warned and chose to ignore the warning. [So the attack took place]...and America decided to back down.

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Jim Ennes and Joe Meadors

USS Liberty