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Miraculous Victory, Unsettled Dispute

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Fifty years ago, the 19-year-old state of Israel won a miraculous, astonishing victory against larger, better equipped forces of Egypt, Syria and Jordan.

The Soviet Union lavishly supported the Arab states, while Lyndon Johnson’s America proclaimed strict neutrality as the Jewish state faced annihilation. Israel had to rely on Mirage jets purchased from France, since American equipment was unavailable. Territorial disputes played little role in the war since the Arabs wouldn’t accept Israel within any borders, openly pledging to “drive the Jews into the sea.” Shortly after the war, Israel offered to trade captured territory for peace but the Arab League responded with the famous “three no’s of the Khartoum Conference”: no peace, no recognition, no negotiation with Israel.

Today, the key issue remains the same as 50 years ago: refusal by much of the Arab world to accept a Jewish state under any conditions, within any boundaries, on the site of the ancient Jewish homeland.

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  1. Clark Magnuson  •  Jun 9, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    At the risk of being Hobbesian, all land is taken by force and kept by force. Israel will never talk it's way to peace, but will keep the peace by being too difficult to invade.

  2. Joan  •  Jun 11, 2017 at 1:23 am

    I , like all my friends, used to think Israel was the aggressor, then something you said changed all that. You said Isreal was a tiny country surrounded by countries that wanted to wipe them out. I remember Arafat… Israel offered so many concessions, and the Arabs never would agree to even things the Arabs asked for! That convinced me they don't want peace. God bless Isreal. Go see the movie, it's an incredible story.

  3. Mike heathfield  •  Jun 12, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Was it the 67 or 73 war that the USA provided an emergency airlift of tanks to Israel?

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