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Six-Day War (1967) – Third Arab–Israeli War*

Government Press Office (Israel) An Israeli gun boat passes through the Straits of Tiran near Sharm El Sheikh.

The Six-Day War also known as the Third Arab–Israeli War, was fought between 5 and 10 June 1967 by Israel and the neighboring states of Egypt (known at the time as the United Arab Republic), Jordan, and Syria.

This conflict entered history as short, but decisive, as it took less than a week for hostilities to start and end, and was mostly decided in the air.

By 10 June, Israel had completed its final offensive in the Golan Heights, and a ceasefire was signed the day after. Israel had seized the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsula, the West Bank of the Jordan River (including East Jerusalem), and the Golan Heights. About one million Arabs were placed under Israel’s direct control in the newly captured territories. Israel’s strategic depth grew to at least 300 kilometers in the south, 60 kilometers in the east, and 20 kilometers of extremely rugged terrain in the north, a security asset that would prove useful in the Yom Kippur War six years later.

Here’s How the Six-Day War Changed the Map of the Middle East

Bibliography

The Six Day War

The Six-Day War (June 1967) – Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Six-Day War

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