by Zalman Shoval
US President Barack Obama's inspirational speech at the UN included more than a few passages about the
The speech didn't, for instance, mention Islamic fundamentalism or Jihadism, the principal reasons for instability in the
As the writer and historian Simon Schama wrote, history should endeavor "to disentangle fact from fable," also reminding us that one of
NO LESS important in the factual and historical sense are the actual antecedents of the "Six-Day War" which resulted in the "occupation" to which the president's speech referred.
On May 13, 1967 the Egyptian dictator Gamel Abdel Nasser announced that two Egyptian divisions would move into the Sinai Peninsula bordering on southern
The next day, Egyptian armored and infantry columns crossed the
A decisive turning point leading up to the Six-Day War and grievously affecting the history of the entire
Jordan (formerly Trans-Jordan) had in 1948 occupied and later annexed the western part of Palestine, hence called the "West Bank" - thus making the kingdom Israel's next door neighbor, abutting on most of the latter's population centers, including west Jerusalem and Israel's only international airport. King Hussein's precise motives are debatable; some believe that he wanted to placate the Palestinian majority inside his country, others ascribed it to the King's desire to get part of the spoils if the Arabs were be victorious against Israel.
The rest, as the expression goes, is history. The war broke out on June 5; the Egyptian air force was totally destroyed on the first day and the IDF advancing toward the
ALL OF the above was fully acknowledged by most of the nations of the world, though not, of course, by the Arab countries and their allies, or by the
This is what 1967 is all about: not "ending" occupation, but making sure that Israel will never again be put in a situation like the one it faced in that fateful year.
Zalman Shoval is the former
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