Six Day War Facts

Quick facts about the Six Day War, which took place from June 5-12, 1967.

  • Israel expanded its territory by 200% as a result of the 1967 war: Israeli soldiers could see Damascus, and were swimming in the Suez Canal and Jordan River
  • 100% of Palestine was now in Israeli hands.
  • Destruction of Maghrebi quarter in Jerusalem (100 houses and 5 mosques bulldozed to make clearing adjacent to the Western Wall); expulsion of hundreds of Armenian genocide survivors, and destruction of their ecclesiastical and secular propert.
  • Hundreds of villages in the West Bank were destroyed and 250,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed. Most went to Jordan, Canada, or the United States.
  • USS Liberty incident: US intelligence ship intentionally fired upon and bombed by Israeli forces during the war results in the deaths of 34 American sailors. Investigation into the incident has been repeatedly and consistently blocked by successive US and Israeli administrations.

Deconstructing the myths of the 1967 War: Who started the war? What happened in the course of the war? Was the war a necessary war for Israel or a war of choice? Was the outcome of the war irreversible?

Central significance of the 1967 war to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In other words, how the Israeli seizure of the West Bank and Gaza drastically altered the geo-political reality of the Palestinian problem, complicated Israel's demographic dilemma, and exposed the balance of power between Israel and the neighbouring Arab states. Shattering of the David and Goliath myth.

US begins viewing Israel as an indispensable ally and an essential strategic asset after 1967 Israel solidifies its hold on the Occupied Territories by ethnically cleansing strategic areas and constructing settlements, in contravention of the Geneva Convention Post-1967 “War of Attrition” between Israel and Egypt in the Sinai leads to thousands of casualties, including 5,000 Egyptian soldiers and civilians killed, and over 1,000 Israelis dead.

War of Attrition ended upon the ascension of Anwar Sadat to the Presidency of Egypt, who focused on rebuilding the Egyptian army in anticipation of a future full-scale assault to regain the Sinai.

~ The VERITAS Handbook: A Guide to Understanding the Struggle for Palestinian Human Rights