OP ~ Israel attacked Egypt because they blockaded Israel's southern port and massed their armies along the border. Jordan than attacked Israel along with Syria. All three suffered some pretty serious losses ~ and afterward the Arab nations once again stated that they rejected Israel and swore to keep fighting. This was in spite of all the diplomatic horsehockies that the leaders were tossing around.
I would call the Israeli attack both preemptive and justified because of the blockade. Blockading the neighbor's port IS an act of war even if no shots are fired. It's a little different than your neighbor parking you in ...
Neither side is innocent, but Palestine's insistance that the ONLY solution is the elimination of Israel hasn't worked, won't work, and is unacceptable. The same goes for that attitude from the other Arab countries. They are worse than a 2 year old pitching a tantrum ... and far more dangerous.
at 8:25 PM on May. 20, 2011