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EVENTS LEADING TO SIX-DAY WAR
278 Israelis killed in Palestinian fedayeen attacks.
July 26, 1956
Egyptian President Nasser nationalizes the Suez Canal.
October 29 - March 23, 1956
Sinai Campaign results in U.N. Peacekeeping Force and U.S. guaranteeing Israel's freedom of passage through the Straits of Tiran.
Nov 18, 1959
Israel begins work on the National Water Carrier Project.
Jan 14-17 1964
Arab leaders unite to plan destruction of Israel.
Syria begins Arab plan to divert the Jordan River headwaters.
Jan 1965 - June 1967
Nasser, upstaged by Syrian-sponsored anti-Israel terror, ramps up threats to Israel.
Feb. 23, 1966
New Syrian Baathist regime sets destruction of Israel as primary goal.
July 7, 1966
Syria shells Israel. Israel Air Force downs Syrian MiG-21.
Nov 4, 1966
Egypt and Syria sign mutual defense pact.
Nov 4-10, 1966
Attacks against Israel increase sharply.
Nov 13, 1966
Samu raid by Israel to stop Palestinian terror backfires.
Late November, 1966
Hussein publicly insults Nasser.
63 Arab attacks (Syrian tank fire, mines, more than 200 mortar shells, Palestinian terror attacks) heighten anxiety in Israel.
April 7, 1967
Israel responds to intensive Syrian shelling into Israeli DMZ.
Jordan and Egypt trade insults.
May 13, 1967
After fourteen attacks, Israeli PM Eshkol warns Syria of retaliation.
May 13-14, 1967
plants disinformation about Israeli attack on Syria.
May 14, 1967
Egypt mobilizes thousands of its troops in and around the Suez Canal. Nasser finds no Israeli buildup, but continues massing troops.
May 16, 1967
Egypt moves into Sinai, demands U.N. peacekeepers withdraw.
May 17, 1967
Two Egyptian MiG-21 jets fly over Dimona; Israelis agonize over course of action.
May 18, 1967
U.N. Secretary General U Thant agrees to Egyptian demand to remove UNEF.
May 19, 1967
Tens of thousands of Egyptian troops mass in the Sinai.
May 22, 1967
Act of War; Egypt closes the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping.
May 23, 1967
President Johnson calls blockade illegal and disastrous for peace.
May 26, 1967
1967 U.S. President Johnson warns Israel not to attack first.
May 24 - June 4, 1967
Six Arab countries deploy more than 230,000 troops close to Israel's boundary lines.
May 27, 1967
Nasser cancels planned Egyptian attack on Israel.
May 30, 1967
Jordan and Egypt sign mutual defense pact.
May 31 - June 4, 1967
"Our goal is clear - to wipe Israel off the map!"
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DAY 1, JUNE 5, 1967
First day of fighting. Israel destroys most of Egyptian air force. Jordan, Syria and Iraq attack Israel.
DAY TWO, JUNE 6, 1967
Second day of fighting. Fighting continues on all fronts.
DAY 3, JUNE 7, 1967
Third day of fighting. Jerusalem taken. Blockade of Straits of Tiran broken.
DAY FOUR, JUNE 8, 1967
Fourth day of fighting. Israel consolidates hold on West Bank.
DAY FIVE, JUNE 9, 1967
Fifth day of fighting. Israel and Syria in heavy fighting on the Golan.
DAY SIX, JUNE 10, 1967
Sixth day of fighting. Israel gains control of the Golan Heights.
AFTER THE WAR
September 1, 1967
Arab leaders at
say no to peace.
November 22, 1967
creates land for peace paradigm.
Atlas of the Arab Israeli Conflict
, Martin Gilbert, 1993
Foreign Relations of the United States 1964 - 1968
, Vol XVIII, Arab Israeli Dispute 1964 - 1967
January 27, 1967 letter from the permanent representative of Israel to the U.N .addressed to the President of the Security Council
March 6, 1967 letter from acting permanent representative of Israel to the U.N. addressed to the President of the Security Council
Six Days of War
, Michael Oren, 2002
"100 Years of Chronic Arab Rejectionism,"
by Eli Hertz,