Monday, 10 June 2013
THE SIX DAY WARBetween June 5th and June 10th 1967
On May 17, Gamal Abdel Nasser, leader of Egypt, had made it clear that the United Nations was no longer wanted in the Suez region. He ordered a concentration of Egyptian military forces in the Suez zone.
On May 23, the Egyptians enforced a naval blockade which closed off the Gulf of Aqaba to Israeli shipping and all ships bound for Eilat. This blockade cut off Israel’s only supply route with Asia and stopped the flow of oil from its main supplier, Iran.
On May 30, Iraq joined the military alliance with Egypt, Jordan and Syria.
On June 5, early in the morning, Israeli planes destroyed the Egyptian air force on the ground. The Israeli population knew nothing of it. The Golan Heights were captured from Syria and Israeli forces moved 30 miles into Syria itself.
At the same time, the Israeli enter the Sinai desert.
On June 6, Israel destroys the Jordan army. The whole of the west bank of the Jordan River is cleared of Jordanian forces.
On June 7, the Israeli enter Jerusalem. All Israeli are watching T.V. They see Moshe Dayan reaching the Kotel. Naomi Shemer will sing “Yerusahlaim shel zaav”. On that very evening, Israel signs a cease-fire with Jordan.
On June 8, the Israeli forces reach the Suez Canal after destroying many Egyptian tanks. They are in a position to march on Cairo.
On June 10, the Israel army storms the Golan Heights.