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This war only lasted for six days, hence the name 6 day war. It occurred in 1967. Nasser, president of Egypt decided it was time for another attack on Israel. This attack was planned for 11 years since the Suez War in 1956. Nasser wanted to get rid of the country. The Russians encouraged Egypt and Syria and kept a flow of anti-Israel propaganda. Mainly because during this time period the Cold War was occurring leaving tensions between Russia and the USA. Israel was also being supported by the USA. Syria, Jordan and Lebanon also massed troops along their frontiers of Israel while other bordering countries from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Algeria joined them. At this point Israel seemed hopeless. The Israeli's decided that he best policy was to attack rather than to wait to be defeated. They launched a series of devastating air strikes, which destroyed most of the Egyptian air force on the ground by June 5. The Israeli troops had such remarkable speed, capturing the Gaza Strip, an the whole of Sinai from Egypt, the rest of Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria. This caused the Arabs to have no choice but to accept a UN ceasefire order on June 10.
Contributed by Tori Alukpe