The Six-Day War was a brief but bloody conflict fought in June between Israel and the Arab states of Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Israel then staged a successful ground offensive and seized the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip from Egypt, the West Bank and East Jerusalem from. Fifty years ago, war broke out between Israel and its neighbours. The conflict lasted just six days but its effect would last to the present day. The road to war was paved by the growing tension in the area since over the issue of exploiting the waters of the Jordan River and the Kineret Lake.
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Within three days the Israelis had achieved an overwhelming victory on the ground, capturing the Gaza Strip and all of the Sinai Peninsula up to the east bank of the Suez Canal. Egypt accepted the following six days war.
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Syria held out, however, and continued to shell villages in northern Israel. Israel then expanded the range of its attack and decimated the air forces of Jordan, Syria and Iraq. By the end of the day on June six days war, Israeli pilots had won full control of the skies six days war the Middle East.
Israel all but secured victory by establishing air superiority, but fierce fighting continued for several more days. The ground war in Egypt began on June 5.
In concert with the air strikes, Israeli tanks and infantry six days war across the border and into the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip.
Egyptian forces put up a spirited resistance, but later fell into disarray after Field Marshal Abdel Hakim Six days war ordered a general retreat.
Over the next several days, Israeli forces pursued the routed Egyptians across the Sinai, inflicting severe casualties.
The contractor subcontracted some of the work. One day, a gregarious Palestinian subcontractor came by to measure my balcony for the railing he would build.
But the contractor disappeared just before completing the job. I paid others to complete the work and asked around for the number of the subcontractor. He lived in Silwan, the ancient neighborhood abutting the Old City.
A woman speaking fluent Hebrew answered; this in itself was striking. It was not unusual for Palestinian men, who worked throughout Israel, to speak Hebrew, but it was a rarity at the time to encounter a Hebrew-speaking Palestinian woman.
Moreover, her Hebrew was unaccented and flawless. She six days war Jewish, born and raised in Jerusalem. She had married a Palestinian Muslim before independence. And she remained in Silwan after the war. Did she reunite with six days war
Yes, she said, immediately after the Six-Day War, but would not elaborate. The subcontractor came by.
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I asked the neighbors who had used the same contractor, I asked other Jerusalemites, and no one expressed surprise. They had heard similar stories of excommunication six days war then tentative reunification. How many were there?
The Israelis entered the city at 8: Company commander Yossi Peled recounted that "Al-Arish was totally quiet, desolate. Suddenly, the city turned into a madhouse.
Shots came at us from every alley, every corner, every window and house.
The Egyptians fired from the rooftops, from balconies and windows. They dropped grenades into our half-tracks and blocked the streets with trucks.
Our men threw the grenades back and crushed the trucks with their tanks.