- In the six-day war Israel fought against a combined force of Egypt, Jordan, Syria.
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- The Six-Day war began on June 5, 1967 resulting in a massive reorganisation of territories in the middle-east.
- It was the third in the long line of Arab-Israeli wars that started in 1948, around the time of the creation of the Israeli state.
- The immediate spark that led to a war was the closure of the Straits of Tiran.
- By the end of the war, Israel had annexed the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan and Golan Heights from Syria.
Significance of Straits of Tiran
- Straits of Tiran a narrow strip of sea between the Sinai Peninsula and Saudi Arabia that is Israel’s lone point of access to the Red Sea and beyond.
Why is the war so significant?
- The war caused widespread displacements, over a million refugees from West Bank, Gaza and Golan Heights being forced to flee.
- It expanded Israel’s borders and sent a resounding message about the country as a military power to the world.