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The Six-Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbors ends with a United Nations-brokered cease-fire The outnumbered Israel Defense Forces achieved a swift and decisive victory in the brief war rolling over the Arab coalition that threatened the Jewish state and more than doubling the amount of territory under Israels control The greatest fruit of victory lay in seizing the Old City of Jerusalem from Jordan thousands of Jews wept while bent in prayer at the Second Temples Western Wall Increased tensions and skirmishes along Israels northern border with Syria were the immediate cause of the third Arab-Israeli war In 1967 Syria intensified its bombardment of Israeli settlements across the border and Israel struck back by shooting down six Syrian MiG fighters After Syria alleged in May 1967 that Israel was massing troops along the border Egypt mobilized its forces and demanded the withdrawal of the UN Emergency Force from the Israel-Egypt cease-fire lines of the 1956 conflict The UN peacekeepers left on May 19 and three days later Egypt closed the Strait of Tiran to Israeli shipping On May 30 Jordan signed a mutual defense treaty with Egypt and Syria and other Arab states including Iraq Kuwait and Algeria sent troop contingents to join the Arab coalition against Israel With every sign of a pan-Arab attack in the works Israels government on June 4 authorized its armed forces to launch a surprise preemptive strike On June 5 the Six-Day War began with an Israeli assault against Arab air power In a brilliant attack the Israeli air force caught the formidable Egyptian air force on the ground and largely destroyed the Arabs most powerful weapon The Israeli air force then turned against the lesser air forces of Jordan Syria and Iraq and by the end of the day had decisively won air superiority Beginning on June 5 Israel focused the main effort of its ground forces against Egypts Gaza Strip and the
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