Why History Matters: The 1967 Six-Day War

June 9, 2011

By David Harris

David Harris, Executive Director, American Jewish Committee (AJC) and Senior Associate, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, assesses challenges to Jewish security worldwide.

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Ten crucial lessons that resonate to this day.


Politicians, diplomats, and journalists continue to grapple with the consequences of that war [June 1967 Six Day War], but rarely provide context. Yet without context, some critically important things may not make sense.

And finally, after winning the war of self-defense, Israel hoped that its newly-acquired territories, seized from Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, would be the basis for a land-for-peace accord. Feelers were sent out. The formal response came on September 1, 1967, when the Arab Summit Conference famously declared in Khartoum “No peace, no recognition, no negotiations” with Israel.

Can history move forward? Absolutely. Israel’s peace treaties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994 prove the point. At the same time, though, the lessons of the Six-Day War illustrate just how tough and tortuous the path can be.

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