The Six Day War: the war that no one wanted

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As a military clash that it is still unclear if anyone truly wanted, the June 1967 Six Day War remains one of the most curious military conflicts in modern history. Israel certainly did not prefer the military route, and neither did Egypt, Syria, or the Soviet Union. Yet while it was clear to these parties from the outset that nothing good could come from such a clash, they backed Israel into a corner from which it was unable to extricate itself without going to war. This article explores the factors that caused the war at the time and in the manner it did.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)767-784
Number of pages18
JournalIsrael affairs
Issue number5
StatePublished - 3 Sep 2018


  • Arab‒Israeli conflict
  • Egypt
  • Gamal Abdel Nasser
  • Israel
  • Levy Eshkol
  • Six Day War
  • Soviet Union
  • US‒Israel relations
  • civil‒military relations


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