The Six Day War: 50 years later

“Saturday night (June 10 [1967]) there was another meeting. The IDF had attacked from the [southern Golan Heights]. The Syrian army collapsed, said [Gen. Moshe] Dayan, and we had to take advantage of this. [Prime Minister Levi] Eshkol explained, rather lamely, that ‘Dayan told me,’ but he hadn’t stopped the advance because he was in favor of it. During the meeting, word arrived that the two IDF columns had met in the center of the Golan. The ministers stood for a moment of silence in honor of the fallen, then drank ‘l’chaim.’”

Good reading for history buffs, particularly Israeli history, in this first part of the “secret transcripts of the Six Day War” of the government security cabinet. In those days the pols didn’t run military operations.

Via Tablet Magazine

UPDATE:  The anniversary won’t be remembered fondly by all, and the achievement could be reversed, if anyone takes the pre-1967 lines as a starting point for peace negotiations seriously. The Israelis won’t.

5 responses to “The Six Day War: 50 years later

  1. Sennacherib

    Has it really been 50 yrs? So much of that time seems like yesterday. Ole Moshe and the boys kicked some serious butt!

  2. It doesn’t feel like 50 years.

  3. Sennacherib

    No it doesn’t.

  4. Sennacherib

    A little O/T, but I remember very clearly during the Yom Kippur war a live television interview with Moshe (I think) outside of Port Said where the Israeli’s had trapped a large Egyptian formation (I can still see in my mind the large columns of smoke in the background). When asked what the Israelis were going to do to the Egyptians, the Israeli replied “We are going to grind their bones” and I believed it.

  5. Sennacherib

    It was Port Suez and the Egyptian third army. So much for clarity of memory.