The Six-Day War – Israel’s Costs vs. Its Benefits

The June 1967 war was a major watershed in Israel’s political history. The astounding military victory was a key factor in driving parts of the Arab world to confront the reality of Jewish statehood. The war’s territorial acquisitions, by contrast, are often seen as a mixed blessing. For although these gains gave birth to the land-for-peace formula (commonly associated with Security Council resolution 242 of November 1967), which led to the historic March 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, Israel’s continued control of the Golan Heights and the West Bank has put it under persistent international pressure. The fiftieth anniversary of the war offers an auspicious vantage point for rethinking the pros and cons of retaining these territories.

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  • Alain

    No, the only con is that Israel has been too timid to annex those territories along with making the most idiotic decision of allowing the Muslim squatters control of the Temple Mount. Most likely they thought this would gain them friends on the international scene, but it has done the opposite. I should add that another dire mistake made by Israel was accepting the KGB plot to label the Arabs who came from outside of Israel “Palestinians”. That label should have been exposed for what it was and rejected from day one, but Israel took the bait.

  • vwVwwVwv

    Does somebody remember that Israel went in to the 6 day war with
    Refurbished wW2 Sherman Tanks?

    They replaced the engine with a Soler engine, mounted a 105mm
    shortened French copy of a German Tank Kanon and called it M50/m51.
    This Supersherman defeated masses of Russian T34, T54 and T55,
    German Panzer4’s
    and outperformed the Jordanians with American M47, M48
    Tanks.

    If the USA had chosen Disel engine for the Sherman. It had saved
    many American lives.