Fifty years ago this week, Israelis were riding high. In just six days, the Jewish state’s army had won a stunning victory over the combined militaries of Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Israel more than tripled in size, winning control of the West Bank, the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and the Sinai peninsula.
But a half century later, the legacy of that war looks decidedly different. This month’s celebrations in Israel were muted, not least because its military continues to occupy the West Bank and guard over 3 million stateless and impoverished Palestinians.
On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the mixed legacy of the Jewish state's greatest military victory.
Joining the program:
- Avraham Sela, an Israeli Six-Day War veteran and professor emeritus of history at Hebrew University.
- William Quandt, a former National Security Council staffer and professor emeritus of history at the University of Virginia.
- Anton La Guardia, deputy foreign editor of The Economist and author of the book “War Without End: Israelis, Palestinians and the Struggle for a Promised Land."
- Jane Eisner, editor-in-chief of the Jewish news outlet The Forward.