The 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War: A Resource Guide

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The 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War: A Resource Guide

The June 1967 Six Day War was a watershed event in the history of the Israeli-Arab conflict and the geopolitics of the Middle East, with an outcome that continues to impact the region and world today.

The 50th Anniversary of the Six Day War is a time for both celebration and sober reflection.

There is much to be celebrated on this anniversary, including Israel’s decisive military success over the belligerent armies of Egypt, Syria and Jordan, and the reunification of the City of Jerusalem after nineteen years of division. Finally, Israel’s victory in this war was a catalyst for the start of Arab-Israeli peace negotiations and ultimately paved the path to the Israel-Egypt peace agreement.

At the same time, this anniversary is a sobering reminder of what remains unresolved. Five decades later the elusiveness of Israeli-Palestinian and full Israeli-Arab peace is a painful reality. Five decades after the Six Day War, Israel copes with different, yet ongoing security challenges, and still faces the rejection by many in the Middle East of its legitimacy.

Many of today’s most difficult challenges in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict arose as a result of these six days, including Israeli settlements, the status of Jerusalem, and the uncertain status of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. These issues remain unresolved and carry continuing implications for security, Israel’s democratic nature and the hope for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

50 Voices 50 Years

50 Voices 50 Years

On the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six Day War, we have joined with BICOM and Fathom Journal to explore the legacy of this watershed event. Together, we compiled a compendium of contributions from prominent thinkers, activists, security professionals, politicians, and artists to discuss and debate the implications of the 50th anniversary of the War, its legacy for Israel and Zionism and prospects for peace in the region.

Background Information

Answers to Tough Questions

From the ADL Archives

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ADL Bulletin, September 1967

In this special edition of ADL’s newsletter published soon after the war’s end, read how ADL acted, analyzed and contextualized the events of June 1967.

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ADL Bulletin, September 1967
Report from Israel Arnold Forster 1968 Book Cover

Report from Israel, 1969

In this 1969 publication, ADL’s Arnold Forster examined the aftermath of the Six Day War through first-person perspectives and interviews with leading officials.

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Report from Israel, 1969

Video Highlights from The Six Day War: A Fifty Year Retrospective

Co-presented by ADL, the LBJ Presidential Library and the 92Y

 

 

 

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