Originally posted by ArchAngel
1967: The Arabs attack again, resulting in the Six Day Smackdown. The West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Golan Heights of Southern Syria, and Egypt's
Sinai Peninsula are all taken by Israel after the invaders are dealt a crushing defeat.
This simply is not true.
The 1967 war began when Israel invaded in a sneak attack. Flying low over the Med in a dawn raid the Israelies bombed the arab airforces as they sat
on the ground.
You're ever so slightly near what happened, but by no means right. There were border clashes beginning in 1965, when Syria and Jordan began building
a dam which would have diverted water which flowed into Israel, reducing the capacity of Israel's national water carrier by over 1/3.
Israel made airstrikes to prevent this.
The Syrians began shelling Israeli civilians from the strongly defensible position of the Golan Heights, which Israel occupied after the war for
1966: Syria and Egypt sign a military alliance against Israel.
Early April, 1967: The Syrians repeatedly fire on Israeli tractors working in the DMZ on the border.
April 7, 1967: A minor confrontation in the air over the Golan Heights gets out of hand. Six Syrian aircraft are downed. The incident with the
tractors repeats yet again. Israel bombs the positions which have been firing on Israelis.
The Syrians up the stakes again by shelling Israeli border towns heavily.
The UN Truce Supervision Organization tries to bring a cease-fire. The Syrians refuse to relent unless Israeli agricultural work in the region is
How can you say that the side which is giving the ultimatums and refusing peace deals, not to mention which initiated hostile action by threatening
Israel's water supply, is not the aggressor???
Early May: Israel decides to strengthen retaliations "of considerable strength, but of short duration and limited in area". Prime Minister Levi
Eshkol works to limit the scope of Isaeli retaliations. Border incidents increase.
Egypt announces plans to remilitarize the Sinai.
May 18th, 1967: Egypt kicks UN Separating Forces out of the Sinai
May 23rd, 1967: Egypt illegally blockades the strait of Tiran and Gulf of Aqaba. They were already warned in 1957, when Israel withdrew from the Sinai
and Gaza, that such a blockade would be a casus belli
May 30: Jordan signs a defense treaty with Egypt.
President Nasser, who had called King Hussein an "imperialist lackey" just days earlier, declared: "Our basic objective will be the
destruction of Israel. The Arab people want to fight."
Late May: Jordanian armed forces are placed under Egyptian command.
Army Commander-in-Chief General Sharif Zaid Ben Shaker warned in a press
conference that "If Jordan does not join the war a civil war will erupt in Jordan".
So you tell me... who really wanted to fight? The Arab people will topple their government if they don't get a war!?
Iraq, Sudan, Kuwait, and Algeria begin mobilizing their armed forces. There is speculation that they will be transported to the Jordanian-controlled
West Bank to participate in the brewing war.
After having been shelled, blockaded, and having 3 bordering nations which have publically declared their intent to destroy Israel, and formed
military alliances for that purposes in the process of mobilizing their forces, Israel attacks. This can hardly be called either a sneak attack or
starting the war. They merely took the initiative in a war which the Arabs had already decided to start.
Israel occupied strategically threatening positions after the war for their own defense, and eventually gave quite a bit of it back; they no longer
occupy the Sinai and have been endeavoring to hand over the rest to the Palestinians. They'd have given it all back by now if the Palestinians would
stop sabotaging the peace process with terrorism.
It's just as simple as what Nasser said, "The Arab people WANT to fight."