In six days, Israel changes the nature of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Israel finds itself under increasing verbal barrage from Arab capitals threatening its destruction. In addition, shelling from the Golan Heights, remilitarization of Sinai with Egyptian troops and a blockade of its southern port of Elat, cause Israel to pre-emptively strike Egypt and Syria on June 5, initiating what is known by many as the Six Day War. It does not attack Jordan initially, and in fact asks King Hussein to stay out of the conflict. In a lightning victory Israel takes the Golan Heights, Sinai, the West Bank including all of Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. It increases its territorial size five-fold and finds itself unexpectedly in control of more than one million Palestinians. Israelis and world Jewry sense euphoria from the victory. As a result of the war, no Arab-Israeli negotiations take place. However, Arab states will increasingly seek to have their own lands lost to Israel returned to them.
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