war: Six days that changed the Middle East - BBC NewsIn looking at any book about the Israel-Palestine or Israeli-Arab conflict, the immediate question is: who's talking? In the multiplicity of voices, versions, narratives and spin, how can we arrive at anything approximating verifiable truths? Jeremy Bowen, the veteran BBC newsman, has opted, inevitably, for the journalist's approach: the attempt to tease out fact from fiction by examining as precisely as possible what happened where, when, and why. In the Middle East, of course, nothing is uncontested, and what happened is as hot a potato as why, not to speak of who, and even where. In the heat of propaganda during the Lebanon war of , I recall listening to the Voice of Israel radio in Jerusalem, the announcer relaying government denials that Israeli forces had entered Beirut and then continuing: "Our correspondent with the Israel Defence Forces inside Beirut says. Does Bowen succeed in navigating these storms? The quick answer is yes.
Six Days of Miracles
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. May 29, Jonfaith rated it really liked it. Rabin believed his plan would be sufficient to provoke Syria to join the war, and thereby provide Israel an opportunity to unleash the IDF against Damascus. No wonder that we only get to a very partial page discussion of the war itself at the very end of a book called The Six-Day War.The leaders of Egypt and Jordan have signed such treaties already and regularly assert their commitment to them. That Israel would undertake a drastic response to the naval blockade was inevitable. Instead of helping assure the country that it was safe, Eshkol's bumbling radio speech to the nation on the booi of May 28 intensified public concern about the government's passivity. Refresh and try again!
Oren reconstructs both the lightning-fast action on the battlefields and the political shocks that electrified the world. I thought it best to start with only six days. Why take chances. Code-named Shimshon Samsonand compel the United States and the USSR to interve.
This book supports Israel myths about itself and its military might and does little to acknowledge that the war was New review: Aug 09 Since I have been spending the last year reading about Israel and Palestine, I may now class this book as shameless and apologetic when it comes to Israeli militarism. But it also eventually presented the possibility of a solution. War in the Middle East must at all costs be averted, rather than mollifyi. The Israeli Air Force destroyed the Egyptian Air Force while it was on the ground.
Commander of the northern front David Elazar urged an immediate takeover of the Golan Heights that would quickly draw Egypt into the war. Laron sheds new light on Dayan's stances regarding Israel's eastern and northern fronts. The debate surrounding the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict has been one of the most vicious in all of scholarship? This was a very well researched and well written book.
June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
American attempts to defuse the crisis led nowhere, and, once Syria and Jordan with the material support of other Arab states joined Nasser, Israel had no choice but to strike first. At the same time, and in response to shelling by Jordanian artillery, the IDF launched an attack that ended in three days with the occupation of the West Bank, including east Jerusalem. Finally, Israel took the Golan Heights, in a battle that ended six days after the war began. The Six-Day War: The Breaking of the Middle East , which Yale University Press brought out shortly before the recent 50 th anniversary of the war, is an attempt to thoroughly revise our historical understanding of the conflict. Revisionist histories of Israeli—Arab wars are, by now, a familiar phenomenon. The culmination of decades of Zionist efforts to create a Jewish state, it established the contours within which Israel would exist for the next two decades.
Hussein did not? That the thesis is true, with their governments, is another matter altogether. Articles Issues Authors eBooks. Israel fought a war with Arab nations and could therefore cease fire, Magnum Photos.
June marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Six-Day War, a very short military confrontation between Israel and its three immediate Arab neighbors that reshaped the political geography of the Middle East. In less than one week, Israel conquered an area three-and-one-half times its original size and extended its rule over approximately 1. The war has spawned a voluminous and still growing body of scholarly literature. Until the turn of the century, most of these studies treated each of the belligerents as an internally unified actor, paying little attention to the political dynamics that influenced the behavior of military and political elites within each combatant state. In addition, the bulk of the literature focused heavily on the military aspects of the war. Furthermore, most of the analyses laid the major blame for the outbreak of the war on a series of grievous miscalculations by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Reflecting greater access to declassified materials and archival sources, more recent works — best exemplified by Michael Oren's Six Days of War: June and the Making of the Modern Middle East — have examined in much greater depth the internal political conflicts that took place within Israel, Egypt and Syria before and during the war.
It involves too wr information about too many irrelevant issues and haphazardly jumps from one topic to the next! As an avowed history nut, beginning in the s, such as Vietnam and the Middle East. Though one can posit that it is always premature to decide the ultimate impact of any historic events -we are still witnessing the consequences of World War II -the consequences of the warr to this day remain alarmingly fluid and volatile. Unfortuna.
Read An Excerpt. Finished in less than a week. Oren Michael B. Iraq also was to attack in support of Egypt.