The Six Day War was more than just a great military victory.
In the aftermath of the war, Israelis were in as much shock as the Arabs. Israeli casualties were numbered in the hundreds, and Arab casualties in the tens of thousands. It was an ‘upset’ of amazing proportions.
Israelis everywhere were pinching themselves. They could hardly believe what had happened. How could their tiny little country have achieved such a great victory?
And, in the midst of their euphoria came the greatest victory of all.
Up to this point, the Jewish people had suffered ignominiously. For two thousand years, they suffered the agonies of hopeless desire for a place called Israel. Two thousand years of pogroms and rootless wandering had destroyed all hopeÂ for anything but a miracle. Just a few years before, six million of their own perished in the ovens of Hitler’s Germany. The 1948 War of Independence wrested a toehold from the Arabs at a terrible price, and in the intervening years, the fedayeen terrorists massacred their people with seeming impunity – while the world pressured Israel to give upÂ the Negev and theÂ Galil and the…
Imagine the desolation and hopelessness.
Then, in just six days, amidst the horror, fear and devastation of war, Israel realized that she was going to survive – that she could win. Against all the odds. Against all the advice offered by the sage and wise, Israel had emerged for the first time as a viable country and a regional power.Â For the first time, they not only had right on their side, but might as well.
Heady stuff indeed.