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Six-Day War: 56 Years on, Israel Forges New Alliances and Confronts Emerging Threats

Six-Day War: 56 Years on, Israel Forges New Alliances and Confronts Emerging Threats

While Israel’s five decades of diplomacy has won over key Arab allies, Iran is forging a new axis of terror in a bid to encircle Israel.  

The Jewish State still faces old threats and news hostile alliances, as its marks the 56th anniversary of the Six-Day War. While five decades of Israeli diplomacy has won over Arab allies in the Gulf, Iran is forging a new axis of terror in a bid to encircle Israel.  

In the summer of 1967, Israel confronted the combined forces of three Arab armies — backed by the Soviet Union and several Arab-Muslim states. Arab forces, spearheaded by Egypt, kicked off military hostilities by blockading the Straits of Tiran. 

On June 5, Israel responded with surprise air strikes on Egyptian airfields, obliterating the Soviet-supplied air force. The allied Syrian and Jordanian forces met the same fate, and in the ensuing battle, Israel managed to repel ground attacks on all three fronts. 

The war ended with a resounding defeat for the Arabs states, giving Israel control over ancestral Jewish land, including the Holy City of Jerusalem as well as the regions of Sinai, Judea, and Samaria. Israel captured the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau used by the Syrians to shell Israeli towns and military positions in the north. The territorial gains gave Israel the strategic depth and high ground needed to withstand future attacks. 

Arab Rejectionism and Palestinian Terrorism

Less than three months after their military defeat, the Arab nations met in Sudan and issue their vengeful “3 Nos” enshrined in the notorious Khartoum Resolution: “no peace with Israel, no negotiations with Israel, no recognition of Israel.” 

It took more than 50 years for the Arabs to begin the process of reconciliation with Israel. In 2020, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed the President Donald Trump-brokered Abraham Accords to normalize diplomatic relations with the Jewish State. The Trump administration brought other Arab and Muslim nations into the fold of the Arab Accords. President Trump also recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and acknowledged the Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Height, a move bitterly opposed by most European governments and Muslim states. 

Unable to win on the battlefield, Palestinians — trained, armed, and funded by Arab regimes and the Soviet bloc — doubled down on terrorism as the means to bring Israel to its knees. They murdered innocent civilians, highjacked airliners, and planted bombs at Jewish and Israeli sites. At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, the Palestinian terrorist group Black September murdered 11 members of the Israeli national team as the world watched in horror. Their Jew hatred continues to create new terrorist outfits to join the alphabet soup of Palestinian groups. 

Iranian terrorist threat looms on Israel’s borders

As the threat of a combined Arab military aggression subsides, Iran emerges as the biggest geostrategic and terrorist threat to Israel. 

In April, Iran-sponsored proxies, Gaza-based Hamas, Islamic Jihad (PIJ), and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, launched a two-front terror assault against Israel. The Jerusalem Post reported that the Iranian “Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force coordinated with the Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist organizations to launch rockets at Israel from Lebanon during the Passover holiday” and Ramadan.

Last month, Iran tried to incite terrorist attacks against the annual Jerusalem Flag March, celebrating Israel’s taking control of the Holy City in the Six-Day War. Israel’s police chief Yaakov Shabtai revealed that “terrorist elements motivated by Iran, through Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, are sowing false information on social networks about the route of the Flag March – and their purpose is to create wild incitement to terrorism against the thousands of Israelis who will mark Jerusalem Day with a series of events.”

This blast from the past sums up the 1967 war:



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Remember, because money is fungible, Mr. 10% is using our tax dollars to pay $$$ to Palestinian martyrs’ families.

A truly amazing time when there was no real question about good and evil.

“While Israel’s five decades of diplomacy has won over key Arab allies, Iran is forging a new axis of terror in a bid to encircle Israel. ”

With the overt aid and connivance of the vile, feckless and morally despicable Dhimmi-crats, let’s note.

And, it must also be noted that the contemptible and dishonest European, Leftist dhimmis and American Dhimmi-crats are still pressuring Israel to give up land that it won in defense of attacks on its territory that were instigated by Arab Muslims. In other words, these idiots possess the gall to demand that Israel reward the belligerent parties by giving them back the territory that they lost, because of their belligerence!

Never in human history has the victorious party in a war started by other belligerents, been pressured by “allies” to concede territory that was won from the instigating parties.

Didn’t know that much about it until I read Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Oren. Very good read.

There is a big astrick by this war, the USS Libertry

BierceAmbrose | June 8, 2023 at 5:42 pm

At what point do the “occupied territories” just become Israel’s, under international law? Annexation is a thing, no?

Lucifer Morningstar | June 8, 2023 at 6:18 pm

Fifty-six years and endless peace agreements, accords, understandings and Israel is no better off now than back then. Wonder when the Israeli government is simply going to give up trying to make peace with the arab terrorists and what is necessary to protect Israel now and in the future.

The Gentle Grizzly | June 8, 2023 at 7:06 pm

I recall two bits of humor circulating around the Beverly-Fairfax area of Los Angeles, which at that time was the Jewish district.

One: several shops were selling posters of a picture of the pyramids. At the top, in bold sans serif type: “ISRAEL”.

The other was a joke about how an Israeli tank was slammed into by an Egyptian tank. The hatches on both flew open. The Egyptian tank driver is screaming “I surrender! I surrender!” The Israeli tank driver replied, “Surrender, hell.” Then, holding his neck, yells, “whiplash, whiplash!”.

/you had to be there.

As for the cartoon, even setting aside the modifications, it is great to see old style animation, and to hear supporting music that is not juvenile rubbish.

    ahad haamoratsim in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | June 9, 2023 at 8:50 am

    There was an urban legend that the day after the war, a banner went up the at New Trier High School in the Chicago suburbs, “Today Cairo, tomorrow Kenilworth” (one of the smaller suburbs whose kids went to New Trier, notorious for the anti-Jewish restrictive covenants in its deeds).

    Sadly it turned out to be only a legend.

    What’s the difference in an Israeli tank and an Egyptian tank?

    The Egyptian tank has the backup lights.

This is the war that changed how the Left saw Israel. From plucky underdog to victor. How dare Israel be that! The Left only supported perpetual victims and Israel wasn’t one anymore. Notice the true rise of the Palestinian “victims” after that.

Steven Brizel | June 9, 2023 at 9:19 am

With Biden appeasing Iran , Israel is on its own in dealing with terror-as it was in 1967 when a Democractic majoiity in the Senate opposed a US naval armada to break the blockade of the Suez Canal and LBJ assured Israel it had American support

Steven Brizel | June 9, 2023 at 9:19 am

Land for peace has always been piece by piece of Israel