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WAR REVOLUTION AND SOCIETY IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY WHY ISRAEL WAS SO MUCH MORE SUCCESSFUL IN THE SIX DAY WAR THAN IN THE YOM KIPPUR OCTOBER WAR The Arab-Israeli conflict has always been over a land of two peoples The Arabs that lived in that land call it Filastin and for the Jews it is Israel For Arabs it was a land whose soil they cultivated for generations To the Jews Israel had been the inspiration during centuries of dispersion and persecution In 1948 with the proclamation of the state of Israel Palestine disappeared from the map however the people remained and the conflict continues The war of 1967 much like the war of 1948-9 proved decisive for Israel The Six-Day War left Israel in control of East Jerusalem the West Bank the Sinai Desert and the Golan Heights As well Israel had the support of the Western public opinion These territories became later the reason for the next war Instead of ensuring Israel with more security since her cities and towns in these territories were far removed from any attack it actually became a reason for Arab preparation for the next war The Six-Day War in 1967 is considered to be more successful than the Yom Kippur War because the 1967 war was decisive Israel seized control of all the land of mandatory Palestine Egyptian and Syrian territories and the Israeli army took the Egyptians by surprise The occupation of Jerusalem symbolized the Israeli emotional high point of the war Israel enjoyed the overwhelming support of Western public opinion Domestically it gained confidence and pride in its achievements The Yom Kippur War also ended with big military gains The Israelis succeeded in crossing the West Bank of the Canal and achieved a strategic position from which they could threaten Damascus However despite the military victory Israeli was surprised not only by the timing and the initiative of the Arab Leaders but also
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