This was not a case of the "murder of helpless POWs," but rather a battle between Israeli soldiers and an Egyptian commando unit.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Senior officials of the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs viewed the relevant scenes of the document directed by journalist Ron Edelist about the Shaked Reconnaissance Unit in the Six Day War. The movie, screened last week on Israeli television, shows clearly that this was not a case of the "murder of helpless POWs," but rather a battle between Israeli soldiers and an Egyptian commando unit.

The movie leaves no doubt that the soldiers were killed in battle and were not POWs. The documentary deals with the question of whether, with hindsight, it was right to engage the unit in battle. Details of the battle have been conveyed to the relevant Egyptian officials.

It must be remembered that this was a bloody war that cost many lives on both sides. Thirty years after Egyptian President Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem, and 28 years after the signing of the Israel-Egypt peace treaty and the beginning of a new era in the Middle East, it inappropriate to dig up issues from the distant past, especially when there is no factual basis to the accusations.

Israel regrets that certain elements in Egypt are issuing misleading and biased statements having no connection to reality in order to undermine the good relations prevailing between the two countries.

Israel views with grave concern the campaign to slander and incite against Israel in the Egyptian Parliament and media. Equally serious are the personal verbal attacks and physical threats against Israel’s ambassador to Egypt.

We are confident that the government of Egypt will do what is necessary to bring the facts before the Egyptian public and to restore quiet.