Magazine June 12, 2017, Issue

The Six-Day War at 50

(via The Smithsonian)
It changed everything, and nothing

The Six-Day War of 1967 dramatized fears and hopes whose collision made the Middle East so volatile at the time, and still does 50 years later. The belief is more or less general among Arabs that Jews have never been their equal and do not deserve a state of their own. Accordingly, the elimination of Israel is in their minds solely an issue of power and timing.

In April that year, a skirmish no bigger than a man’s hand blew up over a small strip of territory contested between Israel and Syria. In repeated dogfights, the Israeli air force shot down …

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