Effects of Six-Day War in Middle East
The six-day war between Israel and its Arab neighbors, June 5–10, substantially altered the power structure in the turbulent Middle East. Israel's lightning move through Egypt's Sinai Peninsula broke the Egyptian blockade of the Gulf of Aqaba, Israel's sea lane to Africa and Asia, and once again put its soldiers on the banks of the Suez Canal. In the east, Israel's forces ousted Jordanian troops from the old section of Jerusalem and seized control of all Jordanian territory west of the Jordan River. The latter move foreclosed the possibility that in the event of all-out war Israel could be cut in half; at some points, Jordan's territory on the west bank extended to less than 20 miles from ...