Day three would mark the most important moment of the war. During the first two days of the war, the Egyptians had been meeting defeat after defeat,Â and had been falling back in a semi-orderly manner. But, on the third day, as the Egyptian 125th Brigade retreated towards the Suez canal, they ran into elements of … Read moreThe Six Day War: Day Three
Day two of the war dawns. Day One was an unparalleled success, and the question was whether day two would be as unqualified a victory. One of the most famous sayings attributed to military battle plans is this one: No plan survives the first enemy contact* Â Â Â Â Â Â — Helmut von Moltke, the ElderÂ (1800-1891) The plan … Read moreThe Six Day War: Day Two
June 5th was the beginning. Operation Focus was launched just before 8 a.m. when Israeli fighter bombersÂ took off and headed out to sea. The goal was to grab control of the air as soon as possible, so that Israel’sÂ air forceÂ could assist forces on the ground. Of course, the air strike was also timed to happenÂ as … Read moreThe Six Day War: Day One
It is now June 4th. In Israel, forty years ago, the world was about to end. Abba Eban had been dispatched to the US days earlier to plead for the life of Israel. Successive members of the Johnson administration said that Israel was being alarmist and that she would get no help. Finally, President Johnson … Read moreIf You Can Imagine That, You Will Begin to Understand.
It is hard to over estimate the impact of the Six Day War on the Arab psyche, and the world at large. In fact, it would probably take several books to do justice to the significance of this war. One day, I’ll write one of those books, but for now, you’ll hafta be satisfied with … Read moreGlobal Terrorism and the Six Day War