The June 1967 War: How It Changed Jewish, Israeli and Middle Eastern History

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The June 1967 Middle East War transformed Israeli, Jewish, and Middle Eastern History. In the span of six weeks, in May and June 1967, Israel, its neighbors and the international community were engulfed with varying emotions including admonition, arrogance, audacity, astonishment, bravado, boasting, daring, euphoria, fears of annihilation, hesitation, humiliation, indecision, miscalculation, pride, procrastination, relief, resignation, self-doubt, self-importance, and tension.

Capturing these moments as well as the prelude and aftermath of the War dominate the contents of The June 1967 War: How It Changed Jewish, Israeli and Middle Eastern History in both the Leader’s Guide and Participant Booklet.

Both versions contain:

  • an abundance of maps, an extensive chronology of entwined events before, during, and after the War;
  • a six page timeline of Zionism from the 1880s to 2017;
  • original speeches, documents, and online access to the LBJ Library archives;
  • an extensive bibliography with online references to books, articles, and videos;
  • brief biographies of individuals associated with the War;
  • guiding questions for discussion of topics raised surrounding the War; and
  • access to key documents about the conflict on our website www.israeled.org and at Foreign Relations of the United States, and the LBJ presidential archives.

In-depth discussions in both versions include:

  • background to Zionism, the 1948 and 1956 Wars, events of May and June 1967, and the diplomatic aftermath of the War;
  • a discussion of the doctrine of preemption;
  • the evolution of UN Resolution 242, and it as a framework for negotiations;
  • origins of the settlements and their development as a controversial issue;
  • the various results of the War on world Jewry

The key differences between the two versions, both of which can be obtained either as an eBook or as a paperback are twofold:  the Leader’s Guide contains more background to the issues discussed and guiding questions for interactive discussions with suggested answers. The Participant Booklet is especially designed for use in learning or in experiential settings.

Any Leader will know where to begin if used in an educational setting, depending upon the participants’ knowledge levels and sophistication. Wherever one chooses to begin, we highly recommend reading the Timeline of Zionism from the 1880s to the present.

Other topics covered include how and why the War:

  • solidified Israel’s existence and aided the demise of pan-Arabism;
  • expanded the content of the Arab-Israeli conflict to include negotiations;
  • altered internal Israeli politics, blending religious Zionism with the political right;
  • changed the relationship between Israel and the Diaspora;
  • unfolded the diplomatic concept of land for peace;
  • galvanized Palestinian national identity while sharpening Palestinian-Israeli animosities;
  • unified Jerusalem and made it a topic of friction between sovereign Israeli interests and international community priorities for the city’s future;
  • generated political empowerment within world Jewry, giving rise to greater Jewish participation in politics, and in protest against mistreatment of Jews in the Soviet Union and elsewhere; and
  • catalyzed steady US government support for Israel’s security while advancing American criticism of Israel’s management of the territories and the Palestinians in them.
  • Suitable for those with varying knowledge levels. Valuable for those traveling to Israel; for easy use in summer camps, and in adult education, college, and high school settings.
  • The Leader’s Guide – 111 pages; Participant Booklet– 117 pages
  • Adaptable for use in three 75-minute sessions, five 45-minute sessions, or more

Reviews

  • This source document reader is an extraordinary achievement, the triumphal culmination of an impressive academic career and effort spanning decades. Professor Kenneth Stein and his team have done a great service to anyone who cares to learn about Israel and the Middle East. They have truly shown that, as Professor Stein wrote, “context matters.” This superb collection will be extremely useful in many different contexts– from schools, camps and Israel trips to policy-making circles and research institutes.

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  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict has been a thorny issue which has haunted statesman and attracted world attention for more than a century. The topic has understandably been a focus of a very large amount of scholarly studies. Ken Stein has now greatly enriched that corpus in producing a remarkable book.  The author has always called attention to historical documents for a deep understanding of the conflict. In this masterly (first edition) collection of 521 documents covering 175 years of history, Stein has reiterated the claim in a most impressive manner. He has provided us with extremely valuable materials in a single electronic volume which should be a must for laymen and professional alike because they do provide authoritative and significant documents perceptively chosen and skillfully presented. The resultant multifaceted story of the Arab- Israeli conflict can be more fully grasped, evaluated and contended. The book is definitely a tour de force.

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  • One of the foremost historians of the Middle East in our time, Kenneth Stein, has compiled the essential documentary resource for scholars, students, and policy practitioners.  This compilation includes not only the critical policy papers, speeches, and agreements, but also less well-known correspondence and other materials that shed light on what key players were thinking.  No serious student or policy maker of the Middle East should leave home without this compilation—literally.

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  • History, Politics, and Diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict is simply a masterpiece. Kenneth Stein makes an invaluable contribution to the literature on the Arab-Israeli conflict by superbly organizing the most important primary documents on the subject into a single, comprehensive collection. This authoritative work (first edition) includes 521 documents from 1893 to the present and it also includes recently declassified archival documents that have up until now not been translated into English. Assembling such an extensive collection of documents is undoubtedly a herculean task but it is one that Stein has remarkably completed through the publication of this source reader. This is a must read for students, researchers, policy-makers, and for anyone else who has a deep interest in learning about the complete history of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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  • History, Politics and Diplomacy of the Arab Israeli Conflict is the best comprehensive collection of primary sources on this subject. It is an indispensable tool for any student of the subject while giving a deep and accurate understanding of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Kenneth Stein captures the complexity and richness of the conflict by telling the story of the conflict through the writings of the actors and decision makers who participated in the actual events. The book is a must have for students and teachers alike.

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  • History, Politics and Diplomacy of the Arab Israeli Conflict” is the most comprehensive and accessible compilation ever assembled on a subject that has been the center of international discourse for the last century.  It includes 521 documents as well as maps.  All are admirably organized to serve the multiple and diverse needs of teachers and students.  By offering official and public documents as well as classified and private testimonies, the reader can quickly engage conflicting perspectives on the same events. Derived from sources written in different languages and then translated into English, the reader can readily examine multiple issues in their complexity.  This book is highly recommended for a host of educational venues from the pre-collegiate through university courses and the general public. Even experts will find much in here to their surprise and delight.

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  • This source reader is a breathtaking collection of documents and maps that will revolutionize the study of the Arab-Israeli conflict: its history, politics, and diplomacy.  Taking advantage of the latest in modern technology, Stein has used his vast knowledge of the material to bring together in one place every imaginable important document on the subject.   Henceforth, no serious researcher or student of these issues will feel comfortable unless they have access to this comprehensive collection. It is hard to contemplate how much work it took to collect this 2140 page assemblage of critical materials.

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