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