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He that owns the land...
, 26 May 2006
This review is from: Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Paperback)
There doesn't seem top be anything else to say after reading this account from all sides involved. Even with all the hyperbole one can think of the momentous effects of thge Six day war do, as Oren states, still linger with us. As he puts it, now in the 21st Century it really is still too early to say what all these effects are.
It appears tzhat no stone is left unturned in this accouint, from Arafat instigating bombing personally against Israeli water supplies, to the build up of Arab forces under Nasser, to the sidelined super-powers watching on; all the tension of Israel's pre-emptive strike is relayed compulsively. the politicians are handled fairly, from the confused Johnson, unready Eshkol and the unbalanced Nasser, it seems that Oren has looked at all sides, not just his own admittedly Jewish.
The triumph is celebrated here in the same unsure way that the Israeli's did in 1967, overwhelmed with how much they had achieved against massive opposing forces from 5 nations, and surprised by how much territory lay in their hands. just how the Arab nations broke apart is detailed well, but still one over-arching aspect is missing. the spiritual side of the victory is left unsaid, in a secularised vacuum. Oren would have done well to quote from Nehemiah 2, verse 20, when Nehemiah spaeks to Geshem the Arab: "the God of heaven will give us success. We His servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it."
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