Podcast: The 1967 War

A convoy of Israeli tanks rolls towards the front during the 1967 Middle East War

Between June 5 and June 10, 1967, Israel and an Arab coalition of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan fought a war that Israelis call the Six Day War, and that Arabs generally call the June War. By war’s end, Israel had captured territories on all three fronts: the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza Strip from Egypt; the Golan Heights from Syria; and the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan. And with those territories hundreds of thousands of people, primarily Palestinians (today numbering millions), came under Israeli control.

In this episode, five Brookings scholars share their insights and expertise on a range of current policy issues that have roots in the conflict. These include how the war changed both Israel and its Arab neighbors; the transformation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the rise of political Islam as an alternative to Arab secular nationalism, particularly in Egypt; regional repercussions and peace deals; and the role of US diplomacy.

On the 50th anniversary of the 1967 War, our experts look back as they look forward to grapple with these issues and how the conflict’s legacies continue to resonate today. This episode is part of a larger effort by the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings to offer perspectives on the war’s anniversary, to ask what can be learned from it, and how these lessons inform our understanding about the current turmoil in the region.

Show notes:

50 years: Legacies of the 1967 War 

50 years after 1967: The U.S. and occupation by another name

50 years after 1967, investing in a common future in the Middle East

The 1967 War and the birth of international terrorism

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Thanks to audio engineer and producer Gaston Reboredo, who found all of this episode’s sound effects on Audio Jungle.

Special thanks to Anna Newby and Shawn Dhar for their assistance with coordinating this episode, and to all the scholars: Khaled Elgindy, Shadi Hamid, Martin Indyk, Natan Sachs, and Tamara Wittes, for offering their time and expertise.

Vanessa Sauter is our producer. Design and web support come courtesy of  Jessica Pavone, Eric Abalahin, and Rebecca Viser. Thanks to David Nassar and Richard Fawal for their support.

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