Israel’s military strike in 1967 was unprovoked.
A combination of bellicose Arab rhetoric, threatening behavior, and—
ultimately—an act of war left Israel no choice but preemptive action.
To do this successfully, Israel needed the element of surprise. Had it
waited for an Arab invasion, Israel would have been at a potentially
In addition to Nasser’s verbal threats, Israel was under actual attack
from Arab terrorists. In 1965, thirty-five raids were conducted against
Israel. In 1966, the number increased to forty-one. In just the first four
months of 1967, thirty-seven attacks were launched
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