Happy 40th Anniversary, Israel!
Israel Fought For Its Life 40 Years Ago
Ethel C. Fenig
The 40th anniversary of the Six Day War on the Western calendar's is today, June 5, marking the conflict in which Israel defeated the combined Syrian, Jordanian and Egyptian armies (and other Arab/Moslem countries who sent troops) who had all amassed to finally destroy and "drive Israel to the sea."
Retrospectives on the war are popping up in the media. (Israel, which follows the lunar Jewish calendar, ceremoniously remembered its dead and held other commemorations relating to that war about three weeks ago which was the Jewish date.)
Most of these are dirges blaming Israel for winning; faulting Israel, and Israel alone, for the continuing hostilities and still not being as palsy-walsy with the Arabs as oh, say France and Germany 40 years after their last major war. These sentiments are typical of the many so called 40 years analyses; more of the same are sure to come.
For Palestinians, the upcoming 40th anniversary of the Six-Day War represents 40 years of freedom denied. For Israelis, it is a reminder that security and regional acceptance remain elusive after nearly six decades of statehood.
While euphoric Israelis dreamed of leveraging their historic victory to ensure their security and perhaps craft an elusive peace, it instead led to a grinding occupation that today divides them and challenges their sense of who they are as a nation.
Yep, all Israel's fault; the Arab countries are/were just so peaceful but Israel fought them anyway; the Arabs/Moslems are completely guiltless, their hatred against Jews and Israel natural and understandable.
Blaming the Jews fills a too long historical and psychological need; mourning Jews, once they are safely dead as after World War ll, is fine; Jews who refuse to co-operate in their death, who fight back and somehow, gasp (!), against all odds, survive, upsets the natural order. Therefore they must be condemned. Why this is so is beyond me; greater minds than mine have tried--and failed--to answer this puzzle.
God Bless the state of Israel; may you be with us, and us with you, forever.