Six days of war : June 1967 and the making of the modern Middle East
Transcript of Annotations
Front endpapers include notes on events that preceded the Six-day War such as the incident when an Israeli paramilitary vehicle struck a mine near Hebron in Nov. '66, or the Syrian/Palestinian border incident in March 1967. Other notes refer to the UNEF troops and their composition, the strange relationship between Nasser and Amer, and the fact that initially the Soviet Union supported and armed Israel, then flipped, while Egypt was originally supported by the Americans and the CIA. -- Notes on back endpapers include a brief description of the events that took place on the first five days of the war: "Day 1: In a little over an hour E. had lost 204 planes, later another 164 sorties in 100 minutes destroyed 107 planes. Of 420 E[gyptian] aircraft - 286 destroyed - 1/3 of pilots killed." -- "Day 2: Nasser or Amer ordered a retreat; Nasser broke relations with U.S., accused America of being involved; Syria, Sudan, Algeria, Iraq, Mauritania and Yemen followed, but not Jordan." -- "Day 3: The Old City (jacket photo); cease fire request from U.S., Britain with Jordan. Eshkol advised because of sniper fire not to go to Western wall; Dayan went." -- "Day 4: Israel stopped at West Bank; "don't kill soldiers", send them home; 70% of Egypt armed forces lost Golan." -- "Day 5: Dayan: "attack" Golan; Eshkol: "That's despicable", p. 280." -- Other notes on back endpapers state that Israel conquered 42,000 sq. miles due to superior training and motivation and Russian weapons; six elements - Syria's radicalism, Israeli politicking, Inter-Arab rivalry, American pre-occupation with UN, Soviet fears and Egyptian aspirations - came together to form a chain reaction that culminated in war. After the war, Nasser wanted revenge and wanted to get the lost land back; a Pan-Arab Summit was held in August 1967 in Khartoum that resulted in three resolutions: No recognition, no peace, and no negotiations. (p. 324). -- Annotations by Brian Lamb in the margins and underlining of pertinent phrases throughout the book.