40 years since the Arab-Israeli war of 1967.

Its 40 years since the start of the 6 Day war that ended with the Capture of the Golan Heights by Israeli forces. It was to be the third conflict between Israel and neighbouring Egypt, Jordan and Syria.

It has been argued that this was the started the tension and chrisis in the Middle East that is still present today. It took only six days for Israel to smash the armed forces of Egypt, Jordan and Syria but over the last 40 years, the legacy of the war has shaped the conflict into what it is today.

Mid-East marks start of 1967 War

The Western Wall was part of territory captured in Jerusalem
Israeli and Palestinian peace activists are planning protests to mark 40 years since the Arab-Israeli war of 1967.
In Tel Aviv, protesters will erect a dummy checkpoint to portray restrictions on West Bank Palestinians.

But in Jerusalem, Israeli police prevented a Palestinian conference to mark the anniversary from taking place.

The so-called Six-Day War changed the geo-political map of the Middle East, establishing Israel as the region's dominant military force.

Air strikes

Before the war, the 19-year-old Jewish state had been awash with fear, as Arab armies massed on its borders. UN peacekeepers had been expelled.

Egypt had closed the Red Sea to Israeli shipping. In an extraordinary showdown on the eve of war, Israeli generals swore and shouted at the prime minister that Israel had to strike first to be sure of victory.

The conflict began with air strikes which destroyed much of Egypt's air power on the ground.

By the end of the fighting, Israel had defeated the armies of Egypt, Jordan and Syria.

It captured territory three times the size of the country as it was on 4 June.

The Golan Heights and Palestinian territory in the West Bank, Gaza and Arab east Jerusalem remain under its control to this day.

The Israeli cabinet is to meet this week to discuss whether to restart peace talks with Syria.

Israeli Pensions Minister Rafi Eitan told local radio that Israel should consider the Golan Heights as a bargaining chip, if Syria was sincere about negotiation.

Egyptian reluctance

Simultaneous rallies are to be held in Tel Aviv and East Jerusalem, while the anti-settlement organisation Peace Now is planning a protest in the divided West Bank city of Hebron.

Egypt's airforce was destroyed by Israeli raids

And in the West Bank city of Ramallah Palestinians were expected to observe a minute's silence at 0900 GMT.

But Israel banned a Palestinian conference due to be held in East Jerusalem.

Police deployed around the hotel hosting the conference, titled "Jerusalem, the capital of the Palestinian state, how to transform slogans into reality", notifying the organisers of the ban.

More events will be held throughout the week, culminating in anti-occupation protests around the world on Saturday.

The Israeli government marked the anniversary with Jerusalem Day celebrations last month according to the Hebrew calendar.

But in Egypt there are no official events to mark the anniversary or the sacrifice of those who died - just the occasional newspaper article recalling what happened.

Egypt had been defeated and even if the country eventually recovered the Sinai peninsula, which it lost in 1967, many Egyptians remain reluctant to discuss the war, says the BBC's Owen Bennett Jones in Cairo.

The reticence is in part a reflection of Egypt's demographics, our correspondent says. Most Egyptians had not even been born when the 1967 war took place.

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Shaping of Middle East Today

Mapping The War
Just followed the Beeb's link, and have to wonder why it never occured to me that Lebanon had done nothing .... apparently.

Was it still under that much French influence, and could the Israeli's trust them (Lebanese) not to take advantage?.


whiffler said:
Just followed the Beeb's link, and have to wonder why it never occured to me that Lebanon had done nothing .... apparently.

Was it still under that much French influence, and could the Israeli's trust them (Lebanese) not to take advantage?.
I think that they saw what happened to Syria and waited. The Lebs despite their recent past have usually been compliant where wait and see is concerned. The real trouble in Lebanon started with the acceptance of so many Palestine refugees.
Look at the half arrssed Syrian attack on the settlements and they were defeated by militia backed by IAF jets. Enough to persuade the Lebs to stay out!

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