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How Israel Squandered Its Dramatic Victory in the Six-Day War

Fifty-five years later, the war was both a dramatic victory and the possible seed of Israel's demise as the democratic nation-state of the Jewish people

Chuck Freilich
Chuck Freilich
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Chuck Freilich
Chuck Freilich

In June 1967, when the Six-Day War broke out, Israel had just turned 19, a plucky young state still living in the immediate shadow of the Holocaust. Israel was surrounded by enemy states avowed to its destruction, and was deeply afraid that the war would end with the annihilation of much of the world’s remaining Jews.

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