The Six Day War stunned the world. The tiny country of Israel had successfully fought off the most powerful armies of the Arab world and tripled its territory. The Soviet Union’s attempt to unite the Arab world under its leadership was given an embarrassing defeat.
In response, a humiliated Arab world expelled their Jewish citizenry, andÂ Egypt, the USSR, and the PLO redoubled their efforts against Israel.Â Egyptian artillery dueled with Israeli artillery. Israeli and Egyptian pilots foughtÂ for control of the skies of the Sinai. The PLO sent waves of terrorists across the border. By the time a new cease fire was agreed upon, this War of Attrition would produce almost as many casualties as the Six Day War.
At the same time, Israel struggled to integrate hundreds of thousands of Jews that had been expelled from Arab countries with littleÂ more thanÂ the clothes on their back.Â It was a reenactment of a previous generation. Just twenty years before, Israel had been forced to integrateÂ anotherÂ massive wave ofÂ refugees.
There also ensued a massive propaganda war, and Arab spin doctors found a willing audience in the leadership of Europe and much of the US. However, Israel found itself supported by an unexpected ally: Evangelical Christians. Christians flocked to the holy places of Israel and demanded that their political representatives support Israel.
The United States government also slowly woke upÂ to this new situation on the ground in the Middle East. Not only were Evangelicals demanding that the government support Israel, butÂ Cold War strategists were beginning to see Israel as a new ally in the undeclared ‘war’ with the USSR.
But to Israel, the most importantÂ situationÂ of all was the realization that she was alive and kicking.Â
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