Thursday, May 18, 2017

Israeli Cabinet Minutes From Six-Day War: From Fear to Euphoria to Arrogance

Image from article, with caption:  Israeli tanks during the Six-Day War in 1967.

Fifty years after the Six-Day War, the State Archives are releasing the transcripts of government meetings in 1967

[O]n June 7, IDF soldiers entered East Jerusalem and the Old City, liberated the Western Wall and the Temple Mount and occupied the West Bank. At the end of the war, the military effort moved to the Syrian front and Israel occupied the Golan Heights.
The euphoria ballooned. On June 14 Foreign Minister Abba Eban told the government ministers: “In the history of mankind there has been nothing like the public diplomacy success Israel has had this past month. Israel is expanding and expanding like this, and the world is applauding.” ...

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