Netanel Lorch, , Jerusalem: Keter, 1976 , p. The state of Israel had tripled in size. Then, when the war began, the State Department announced: Our position is neutral in thought, word and deed. They were allowed to travel to and from Jordan. By June 11, Israel controlled territory previously held by the Arabs in the Sinai, the Golan Heights, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. On the same day, western allies attacked Egypt. A second battalion, the 66th, was assigned to take up a position at the opposite the Arab quarter of the to prepare to enter through the city if given the order.
We immediately telegrammed Abba Eban about it. The death toll on the Arab side was 15,000 Egyptians, 2,500 Syrians, and 800 Jordanians. People spoke pessimistically of a looming second Holocaust, but a few rabbis and holy men predicted a miraculous salvation. The allied Arab forces could boast nearly half a million troops, almost twice what Israel could muster, even with its reserves. Israeli troops crossed the Suez in the south and pushed the Syrians in the Golan heights.
They acquired so much abandoned Egyptian armor that after the war they had enough to outfit five new brigades. During the course of the day the Air Forces of Syria and Jordan attacked us too, and were also defeated by our Air Force…. On May 13, Nasser received a secret message from the Soviet Union, which supplied both Egypt and Syria with weapons, informing him that Israel had massed troops on the Syrian border. If their purpose was to increase Israeli casualties, to impress the Egyptians, they only succeeded in needlessly causing American deaths and injuries. By the second day of the Six-Day War, the Egyptian army had fallen into that same kind of confusion. He found they were trying to restore normal life and prevent any incidents that might encourage the Arabs to leave their homes.
We are ready for war. This difficult operation was completed the following day, bringing the active phase of the war to a close. He tried to be fair in writing this book rather than just let himself run with his own biases, and his effort has been appreciated by some Arab scholars. For the first time in our generation Jews can pray at the Cave of Machpela in Hebron, the city of the Patriarchs. In a public address on May 23, President Johnson denied Egypt's right to interfere with the shipping rights of any nation in the Gulf of Aqaba and committed the United States to supporting the rights of all the nations in the region.
Audio tapes suggest Israeli pilots were initially confused about the ship's identity. Had it waited for an Arab invasion, Israel would have been at a potentially catastrophic disadvantage. Women and non-landowners, unable to participate under Jordanian rule, were now permitted to vote. Nasser told his colleagues in Egypt of forthcoming help form the Soviet Union. President Lyndon Johnson fails to find a diplomatic solution. The principle of land for peace was embodied in adopted in November 1967.
Israel's generals warn that if the Arabs strike first, tiny Israel could suffer 40,000 dead the American equivalent of nearly three million. The Blockade On May 22, to all Israeli shipping and all ships bound for. Despite Israeli denials, Syria decided to invoke its defense treaty with and asked Nasser to come to its aid. Israel has some French planes and British tanks, but no outside backing. The war began on June 5, 1967, when Israeli airplanes attacked the Egyptian air force and destroyed many airfields.
Popular Bible teaching focuses on narrow dogmas and ignores the broader Jewish context and kingdom message. On June 19, 1967, the Israeli Cabinet secretly decided to exchange Sinai and the Golan for peace agreements with Egypt and Syria; but no consensus was reached on the West Bank, though the Cabinet agreed to incorporate Gaza into Israel and to resettle refugees elsewhere in the region. Due to the situation at the Etzion Bloc, where there are many casualties, the planes were needed there to transport medical supplies and evacuate the wounded. Rather than acknowledge military and defense realities for the Israelis, Johnson's advisor, Walt Rostow — a hawk concerning Vietnam — warned Eban against Israel striking first. There are strong reasons to contest these figures and argue that the percentage of Gazan civilian casualties was fewer than 50 percent. According to Major General Vardi, Israel did not expect to be saddled with responsibility for the captured territories: We did not believe that the Israeli rule of the territories would last more than a few months following our experience after the Sinai Campaign in 1956 in which by March 1957 we were compelled to withdraw from the whole of Sinai. By this time, the principal objectives of capturing the Sinai and the Golan Heights had been accomplished, and Israeli political leaders had no desire to fight in the Arab capitals.
The victory enabled Israel to unify. Hassan secretly recorded the meeting and gave it to the Israelis, who learned the Arabs were gearing up for war, but were divided and unprepared. The war occurred due to the consequences of the actions taken by the major powers. That same day, the Israelis launched a ground offensive into the Gaza Strip and the Sinai, catching Egyptian troops completely by surprise. Israeli war dead numbered between 700 to 800. The dominating theory throughout the Cold War was realism.