Arab – Israeli Wars Have Dominated The Middle East For

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Arab – Israeli wars have dominated the Middle East for over 30 years ever since Israel became an independent state. Starting with the first Arab – Israeli war in 1948 to the most recent war, the Yom Kippur war in 1973, and possible wars and conflicts in the future. In order to better predict future confrontations it is important, for us as a military, to understand the implications and consequences of these wars. To understand the rise in tensions between Israel and the Arab world we must go back to the beginning when Israel first became a state. In November of 1947, the UN adopted UN Resolution 181 that broke up Great Britain’s former Palestinian mandate into Jewish and Arab states in May of the following year. At the time…show more content…
At the time Israel, was looking to overthrow the Egyptian President and with secret meetings with Great Britain and France, set out to attack on 29 October 1957. Marching across the Sinai Peninsula and reaching within 10 miles of the canal, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) halted their advance when French and British paratroopers deployed to the canal in an effort to protect it from belligerents (Israel and Egypt) on 31 October. The French, British and Israeli forces in secret meetings held previously to the engagement preplanned this staging of their forces in order to keep control of the canal. On November 6th the United Nations passes another resolution for a ceasefire. The land held at the time of the ceasefire by Israel is slowly handed back over the years leading up to the 6 day War in 1967. In the middle of May 1967, Egypt takes drastic action based on false reports provided by the Soviets. The reports claim that Israel is massing troops along the Egyptian and Syrian borders. In response, Egypt closes the Straits of Tiran, the only waterway between the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea. Israel sees this as an act of war and on June 5th launches attacks against Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. By June 10th, when an armistice was signed Israel only suffered 115 dead while the combined number of losses for Egypt, Syria and Jordan totaled more than 17,000. Israel did however loses

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