Arab Isreali War

4432 Words Nov 9th, 2011 18 Pages
Introduction
After the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, tensions between the newly founded Jewish state and the Arab states were at an all time high, but it wasn’t until May and June of 1967 that tensions would turn volatile. The region was in a state of anarchy with multiple states competing for power within the region. Actions by leaders of both states made the already convoluted situation harder to interpret, and would ultimately lead to one state’s action. During those months, Arab nations, more specifically Egypt, began to impose trade restrictions, massing forces upon Israel’s border, and disputing Israeli water rights on the Jordan River. These actions began to bring forth the reasons as to why Israel, while greatly outnumbered, decided
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After 60,000 Egyptian soldiers and Five years of fighting in the Yemen, the Egyptian Army was stretched thin and in need of refitting. It was clear that the Egyptian Army was in no condition to fight the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). The IDF was refitted with the most up to date weapons technology as it had been in a period of relative peace for years. The Egyptians were in no way ready to fight the Israelis in a conventional war, but Nasser would still move troops to the Sinai Peninsula. The decision to send troops to the Sinai Peninsula would be seen as a political move to show good nature towards Syria and gain approval within the Arab world, but would prove to be an action that the Egyptian military could not enforce.
With these actions taken by the Egyptian President the Israelis were placed in a spot where a decision would have to be made. Now that the Egyptian forces were deployed along their border and the Straits of Tiran closed the Israelis had to decide if they would attack or seek assistance from the international community. The Government of Israel viewed the closing of the straits as an aggressive act, but the government tried to solve the situation through political channels. The government of Israel sought out Britain and France that promised freedom of shipping, but those nations broke their commitment. The President of the United States offered a plan that would sever the blockade using an
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