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Six Days of War June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East characters ô 107 ☆ ➻ [Reading] ➽ Six Days of War June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East By Michael B. Oren ➰ – Though it lasted for only six tense days in June the 1967 Arab IsrLer is the first comprehensive account of this epoch making event Writing with a novelist’s command of narrative and a historian’s grasp of fact and motive Oren reconstructs both the lightning fast action on the battlefields and the political shocks that electrified the world Extraordinary personalities Moshe Dayan and Gamal Abdul Nasser Days of War Kindle #214 Lyndon Johnson and Alexei Kosygin rose. This is a wonderfully concise well written history of the war between Israel and Egypt Syria and Jordan that lasted only six days in June 1967 The Arabs got pounded and Israel seized the West Bank Gaza the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula The war though won by Israel also brought that country decades of additional strife that continues to this day It also made the Arab nations determined to wipe out the Jewish stateOren has written a fair history with all sides presented with no apparent bias or judgment He gained access to previously undisclosed material so he has records of internal meetings with all the political parties involved And there are lots of them The Middle East doesn't exist in a vacuum Other nations have stuck their noses into the region In this case the Soviet Union sided with Egypt and Syria but only to an extent never daring to get involved in the actual fighting The US played a similar role with Israel pledging undying support but no military involvement So while outside actors did their best to shape events the real fighting and dying were done by Israelis Egyptians Syrians and JordaniansIt's true the Arab armies were routed but they did fight hard especially Jordan's troops in the West Bank and Syrian soldiers on the Golan The Israelis could have easily conuered Cairo Damascus and Amman but such actions would have had brought the Jewish state solid international condemnation including from the United States It must be very frustrating for Israel its enemies fight for its destruction and it cannot retaliate in kind And somehow the Israelis are considered the bad guys by many peopleIf you wish to gain a greater understanding of the Middle East and find out why they still fight over there reading this book would be a great start

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And toppled from power as a result of this war borders were redrawn daring strategies brilliantly succeeded or disastrously failed in a matter of hours And the balance of power changed in the Middle East and in the world A towering work of history and an enthralling human narrative Six Days of War Days of War June 1967 PDF is the most important book on the Middle East conflict to appear in a generation. Ignorance Can be the greatest ally or the greatest enemy of an army at war In the book Six Days of War Michael B Oren explains in considerable detail how Arab ignorance and mistrust was the real key to the vastly outnumbered Israelis defeating three Arab armies in just six days Oren shows how the Israelis called up all of their reserves and prepared for weeks to attack Egypt before Egypt attacked them or to defend if Egypt attacked first And yet the Israeli attack on June 5 1967 came as a complete surprise to the commander of the Egyptian ArmyThe reasons are complicated but Oren makes a strong case that Field Marshall Abdel Hakim Amer supreme commander of Egyptian forces filled the upper ranks of the Egyptian military with cronies shoving aside talented leaders preparing for a coup against his childhood friend President Gamel Abdel NasserThe Israelis put Moshe Dayan in charge of the military just months before the war another signal to anyone paying attention that the war plans were for an attack Also just months before the war the Egyptians blockaded the Israeli port in Elat and all shipping Time pressure pushed the Israelis to act and yet the Egyptians blustered and waited and did not prepare for an attack let alone prepare for their own On June 5 nearly the entire Israeli Air Force attacked air bases all across Egypt By the afternoon than 80% of the Egyptian Air Force was burning wreckage most of it on the ground Cratering charges made the airfields useless At the same time the Israeli Defense Forces IDF rolled into Sinai in a multi pronged attack that succeeded so fast and so well that the most optimistic Israeli leaders could not believe it With so much of the IDF fighting on the ground and in the air in Sinai driving toward Egypt if the Jordanian and Syrian armies had attacked Israel would have to stop the attack and defend itself at minimum pulling all air support away from Egypt Both the Syrians and the Jordanians had sworn mutual aid in case of attack But nothing happened Ira also was to attack in support of Egypt It's forces sat in Jordan and Syria On June 7 fighting started near Jerusalem The Israelis had no plans to recapture Jerusalem but the Jordanians fired on the IDF from the Mount Scopus and other heights in Jerusalem the IDF attacked to take out the guns and by the night of June 9 10 retook Jerusalem and had the Jordanian army including the vaunted Arab Legion in full retrat all across the West Bank of the Jordan RiverDuring this period the Syrians shelled Israeli settlements The settlers on the frontier howled for help On June 10 the IDF attacked in the North toward Syria If the Syrians had attacked the Israelis would have been obliged to stop their offensives in Jordan and Egypt But the Syrians shelled civilians and stayed still Their army like the other two Arab armies was in headlong retreat on June 11 In war the mistakes of the enemy are often as important as the plans of the winners In this case arrogance and mistrust among the Egyptian leaders was followed by a betrayal by their allies The end was Israel than doubling in territory and smashing three Arab armies Oren explains battles in great detail especially retaking Jerusalem and the air attack that won the war on the first day He also gives the reader a lot of detail about propaganda Egypt used its media to deny their losses and tell the world they were winning the war Part of the hesitation of the Jordanians and Syrians to come to the aid of Egypt was the glowing reports Egypt was sending of their great victories The other overwhelming impression the book gave me is of how ignorant the Egyptians were of what the Israelis were doing despite the evidence in front of them The rest of the world was also largely ignorant of how bad the situation was on the ground and how fast everything changed It reminded me of how the world blundered into war in 1914 This book tells a complicated story very well

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Six Days of War June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle EastOf War PDF #202 Though it lasted for only six tense days in June the Arab Israeli war never really ended Every crisis that has ripped through this region in the ensuing decades from the Yom Kippur War of to the ongoing intifada is a direct Days of War June 1967 PDF conseuence of those six days of fighting Michael B Oren’s magnificent Six Six Days PDF or Days of War an internationally acclaimed bestsel. I found this book about the Six Days of War by Michael B Oren most interesting At the time I remember following the news about the war on T V I have read biographies of many of the key people in this book so I am very familiar with the events It was great to have all the information in one place in chronological order It helped me to understand the events better as well as what is going on today in Israel The book is well written and meticulously researched The author covered in detail all the events leading to the war as well as the war itself I noted the author was born and educated in the United States but moved to Israel in 1973 Oren became Israel’s Ambassador to the United States He writes with the understanding of the workings of the Israeli government Oren did not present an unbiased review of the events If you are interested in the history of Israel or the Middle East this book will provide information about an important eventI read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is almost eighteen hours Robert Whitfield does an excellent job narrating the book