25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War

25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War

Jacob Miller - July 20, 2017

The Six-Day War was fought between June 5-10, 1967 by Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt (known at the time as the United Arab Republic), Jordan, and Syria.

The Arab states and Israel had never normalized since Israel had become a state in 1948. In 1964 the Arab League convened in Cairo and announced: “… collective Arab military preparations, when they are completed, will constitute the ultimate practical means for the final liquidation of Israel.”

In 1966, then-defense minister Hafez Assad, who went on to become Syria’s president, declared: “Strike the enemy’s settlements, turn them into dust, pave the Arab roads with the skulls of Jews…We are determined to saturate this earth with your (Israeli) blood, to throw you into the sea.”

Nine days before the war broke out, Nasser said: “The Arab people want to fight. Our basic aim is the destruction of the State of Israel.”

Israel maintained their position that if the straits of Tiran were closed to Israeli shipping, it would cause a war. In late May 1967, President Gamal Abdel Nasser, of Egypt, closed the ports. Egypt then proceeded to mobilize its forces along its Israeli border.

On June 5, Israel launched a preemptive airstrike against the Egyptian airfields. Nearly the entire Egyptian air force was destroyed. Israel simultaneously launched a ground offensive into the Gaza strip and the Sinai peninsula. President Nasser, caught off guard, ordered the evacuation of Sinai. Israeli forces pursued the retreating Egyptians and conquered the entire Sinai peninsula.

Nasser convinced Syria and Jordan to begin attacks on Israel. Israeli counterattacks resulted in capturing East Jerusalem as well as the West Bank from the Jordanians and Golan Heights from the Syrians.

On June 11, a ceasefire was signed. Over 20,000 Arab forces were killed while fewer than one thousand Israelis had been killed. Israeli success has been attributed to their element of surprise, innovative strategies, and poor leadership of the Arab forces.

300,000 Palestinians fled the West Bank and about 100,000 Syrians became refugees. Across the Arab world, Jewish minority communities were expelled, with the refugees going to Israel and Europe.

25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
On the morning of June 5, 1967 at 7:45 a.m., Israeli Mirage III, Super Mystère and Vautour fighter-bombers swooped over the Mediterranean toward airbases in Egypt and in less than three hours, destroyed the bulk of the Egyptian air force. A similar fate awaited the air forces of Jordan, Syria and Iraq. ynetnews
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
Gen. Uzi Narkiss (left), defense minister Moshe Dayan and chief of staff Yitzhak Rabin in the Old City of Jerusalem during the Six Day War. Ilan Bruner
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
Israeli troops and armor advance against Egyptian troops at the start of the Six-Day War June 5, 1967 near Rafah, Gaza Strip. Micha Han: GPO via Getty Images
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
IDF forces at the Western Wall during Six-Day War. ynetnews
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
Israeli armoured troop unit entering Gaza during the Six-Day War, June 6, 1967. Encyclopedia Bitannica
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
Israeli Defense Forces, in 1964 the Arab League convened in Cairo and announced- “… collective Arab military preparations, when they are completed, will constitute the ultimate practical means for the final liquidation of Israel.” ynetnews
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
Israeli gun boat passes through the Straits of Tiran near Sharm El Sheikh, June 8, 1967. (Yaacov Agar:Israel GPO)
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
Israeli soldiers overlook Jerusalem. U.N. Security Council
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
Israeli soldiers sit in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City after it was captured. Israeli Defense Ministry
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
Israeli tanks advancing on the Golan Heights during the Six-Day War between Arab and Israeli … Assaf Kutin:© The State of Israel Government Press Office.
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
June 22, 1967, Palestinian refugees carry their belongings as they prepare to cross the wrecked Allenby Bridge over the Jordan River from the Israeli-occupied section of Jordan. Times of India
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
Palestinian refugees crossing the remains of the Allenby Bridge over the River Jordan, blown up to prevent Israeli pursuit during the Six-Day War. Photo by Terry Fincher:Getty Images. 1967

25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
Syrian tanks captured by the Israeli advance, during the Six-Day War in the Middle East. Express:Getty Images
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
An Egyptian tank in the Sinai desert knocked out in an Israeli pre-emptive attack during the Six-Day War. Photo by Terry Fincher: Getty Images. 1967
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
Advancing Israeli troops passing the wreckage of an enemy airplane near El Arish airport during the Six Day War. Express Newspapers: Getty Images. 1967
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
An Egyptian army truck ablaze after the Israelis swept across the Gaza strip and Sinai desert, during the Six Day Middle Eastern war. Central Press:Getty Images. 8th June 1967
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
Egyptian planes attacking advancing Israel Army, near the Suez Canal. Keystone: Getty Images. June 1967
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
Egyptian prisoners of war holding their hands aloft after being rounded up by Israeli forces in the Sinai desert following the Six-Day War (5-10th June). Central Press: Getty Images. 13th June 1967
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
Israeli soldiers look at the Wailing Wall after reaching it for the first time during the Six Day War. timetoast
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
A victorious Israeli convoy in Egypt during the Six-Day War. Terry Fincher:Express:Getty Images. 8th June 1967
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
Israeli troops celebrating their victory in the Six-Day War against Egypt. Terry Fincher:Express:Getty Images. June 1967
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
Israeli troops salute their flag as they occupy Syrian territory during the Six Day War. Stan Meagher: Express:Getty Images. 12th June 1967
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
Egyptian prisoners captured by Israeli troops, during the Six Day War in the Middle East. Photo by Terry Fincher. Getty Images
25 Photos of the Brilliantly Executed 1967 Six-Days War
Egyptian prisoners of war lying down whilst being guarded at a camp during the Six Days War. Getty Images

 

Sources For Further Reading:

BBC News – 1967 War: Six Days That Changed the Middle East

Encyclopedia Britannica – Hafez al-Assad

Encyclopedia Britannica – Gamal Abdel Nasser

Ynet News – Arab Leaders Did Plan to Eliminate Israel in Six-Day War

The Six Days War – Arab Threats Against Israel

New York Times – Israeli Completes Pullout, Leaving Sinai to Egypt

Aljazeera – The October Arab-Israeli War of 1973: What happened?

History Channel – The Day Six-Day War Ends

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