The Six-Day War goes by several other names. Some of these names include the Third Arab-Israeli War and the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It is uncommon to hear some people referring to the Six-Day War as the June War. The war took place between June 5 and 10 of 1967. The war pitted Israel on one side against some of her immediate neighboring states such as Syria, Jordan and Egypt. At the time, Jordan and Syria were part of the United Arab Republic.
The Six-Day War never represented the first time that Israel and her immediate neighbors fought. A few years back in 1948, a precursor to the 6-Day War took place. The result of the initial war in 1948 was the emergence of fractious relationship between Israel and her neighbors. The period leading up to June 1967 saw a plummeting of the relationship between Israel and her Arab neighbors to new lows.
It is no wonder that the war of 1948 created the environment for the Six-Day War to break out. Initially, the Six-Day War was between Israel and Egypt. Syria and Jordan entered the fray much later when it appeared that Egypt was on the verge of a complete whitewash at the hands of the Israelis. None of the three countries proved a match for Israel during the June War. In fact, some of the three countries’ armies were completely destroyed.
During the Six Day War, Israel only had to put up with a loss of less than a thousand lives. On the other hand, the Arabs from Egypt, Syria and Jordan lost more than 20,000 lives. Israel owes its success to several factors. However, most analysts are of the opinion that Israel owed its success during the Six-Day War to the element of surprise that it employed in defeating the Arabs.
Some of the locations that fell completely into the Israeli hands included East Jerusalem (captured from the Jordanians), Golan Heights (captured from the Syrians), West Bank (captured from the Jordanians) and Sinai Peninsula as well as Gaza Strip (captured from the Egyptians). What the war …View Post