Days of War
June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
by Michael B Oren, Senior Fellow, Shalem Center,
ISBN 0-1 9-51 51 74-7
Oxford University Press
US $30.00 £25.00 (Hardback)
A gripping account of one of the pivotal events
in modern Middle Eastern history - on the 35th anniversary
of the war
Six Days of War is based on rich new source material
from the Arab states, newly released Soviet files,
previously unseen Israeli documents, and oral histories
from major participants.
In 1967 the future of the State of Israel was far
from certain. But with its swift and stunning military
victory against an Arab coalition led by Egypt in
the Six Day War, Israel not only preserved its existence
but redrew the map of the region, with fateful consequences.
The Camp David Accords, the assassinations of Anwar
Sadat and Yitzhak Rabin, the Intifada, and the current
troubled peace negotiations - all of these trace
their origins to the Six-Day War.
In Israel and the West it is called the Six-Day
War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June
war, or simply as "the setback". Never
has a conflict so short, unforeseen and largely
unwanted by both sides, so transformed the world.
The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp
David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and
Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada
and the rise of Palestinian terror: all are part
of the outcome of those six days of intense Arab-Israeli
fighting in the summer of 1967.
Most important, Oren has unearthed some dramatic
new findings. He has discovered that a top-secret
Egyptian plan to invade Israel and wipe out its
army and nuclear reactor came within hours of implementation.
He also reveals how the superpowers narrowly avoided
a nuclear showdown over the Eastern Mediterranean.
Also examined are the domestic crises
in each of the battling states, and the extraordinary
personalities - Moshe Dayan and Gamal Abdul Nasser,
Hafez al-Assad and Yitzhak Rabin, Lyndon Johnson
and Alexei Kosygin - that precipitated this earth-shaking