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June 18, 2017 16:31

How Israel managed to overcome its misreading of Syrian and Egyptian intentions and score a lightning victory over the combined Arab armies in the Six Day War.

Six Day War

With the help of double agents, Israel tricked the Egyptians into expecting an assault from the ground. When Israel began with a massive air attack instead, Egyptian planes were sitting ducks. (photo credit:REUTERS)

 FIFTY YEARS ago, Israel embarked on what would be called the “waiting period” – three weeks of nerves on edge that led to the Six Day War in June 1967. During that period, Egypt concentrated its army along the Israeli border, closed navigation lanes to the Red Sea port of Eilat and threatened to destroy the Jewish state.

It was a war neither side had wanted and it resulted in the capture by Israeli troops of the West Bank of Jordan, the Golan Heights in Syria and the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza Strip of Egypt.


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