The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict - Part III, pp. 158-212 Summary & Analysis

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Part III, pp. 158-212 Summary and Analysis

Abba Eban addresses the United Nations on June 19, 1967 regarding the Six Day War. He claims that the conflict is the result of a threat to Israel's survival by the Arabs who are backed by the Soviet Union. He cites their statements to destroy Israel instead of respecting existing agreements. Syria, backed by the Soviets, promotes terrorist attacks against Israel. Eban goes on to say how the situation develops that leads to the outbreak of the war. Israel fights in self-defense for her own survival. Eban envisions the economic gains to the entire region if they could achieve peace as resources that are currently used to military purposes would be freed for other uses by all the Middle East countries. Negotiation is the only constructive course that there is for the entire region.

Yizhak Rabin, former...

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