The Six Day War

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Topics: Israel, Egypt
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A. Jan-March 1967: 270 border incidents
B. May 13 1967: Sadat arrives from Moscow with misinformation about impending Israeli attack.
C. May 14, 1967: Israel learns that Egypt is reinforcing troops and are on alert and reinforcing on Sinai Peninsula.
D. May 16: Egypt Evicts UN Forces
E. May 22, 1967: Egypt closes the Straits of Tiran to Israel, cutting off their supply route to Asia and supply of oil. By international law this is an act of war.
F. May 30, 1967: Jordan signs defense treaty with Egypt after Israel had repeatedly asked they remain neutral
G. June 3, 1967: Military Buildup
H. June 5, 1967 : Six Day War Begins

The Six Day War as it became known was the third conflict between Israel and Arab nations. It was essentially a continuation of the first two conflicts as they were never really resolved. As it is the causes of the Six Day war were the same as earlier, Arab disdain for Israel’s existence. The Six Day war would be caused by this general rule and the fact as hostilities heightened, Egypt would cut off Israel’s shipping routes, cutting supply of oil from Iran. More specifically Egypt has expelled United Nations troops from the Sinai Peninsula and blockaded Israel’s port of Eliat, which by international law was an act of war. These events along with misguided Soviet information and calls from Arab leaders to destroy Israel would lead to the Six Day War. In the spring of 1967, tensions amongst the Arab nations and Israel were on high alert, as terrorist raids against Israel coming from Syria. Israel grew tired of these raids, as they were aimed at its infrastructure, so in response to the raids by Syrian forces it placed armored tractors in the demilitarized zones, which as the plan goes would wait to be fired upon and hit, then they had cause to fire back. The Israeli plan would go into effect and as a result the hostilities would heighten as Israel would shoot down several Syrian planes, while the Palestinian fighters would



References: Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East, Michael B. Oren, 2002 Cleveland, W. (2009). A History of the Modern Middle East. Philadelphia,PA: Westview Press. The Arab States After WWII (2010). Informally published manuscript, History, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona.

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