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The six-day Arab-Israeli War of 1967 was an important event in modern Middle East history This paper will analyze the causes of this definitive event which include military and diplomatic encounters terrorist attacks against Israel blockades of Israels ports by Arabs and most importantly the impact of RussianCommunist and Western policies and participation in the region The Israelis had had a strong victory against the Arab states in 1956 and this had strengthened their self-assurance However the Six-Day War in June 1967 demonstrated to the Israelis that watchfulness was still essential The success of Israel in this war was beyond all normal expectations Israel went to war on June 5 for sheer survival On that date Israelis crossed into the Sinai and won the war in less than a week The Israeli Cabinet had by then determined that nothing would come of peaceful efforts to end aggressions being committed against the small nation Israelis were certain that the Arabs were preparing to commit mass murder and they acted first It is difficult to pinpoint any one event that made hostilities inevitable The closing of the Straits of Tiran and the attempted strangulation of the southern port of Eilat made war certain The problem was apparent by May 13 On that date unfounded reports reached the governments of Egypt and Syria that the Israelis were moving between eleven and thirteen brigades towards the Syrian border Nasser believed this report and determined to show force and deter the anticipated Israeli attack on Syria The roots of this conflict reach back centuries but there were many immediate causes of this war In a sense it was a result of a whole series of miscalculations and misjudgments on the part of President Nasser of Egypt Nasser had been warning repeatedly since the end of the 1956 war that it was dangerous to take action against Israel that might begin a drift toward war before Egypt was even prepared
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