The Soviet Union Facilitates the Six-Day War

Jason Arquette
Professor Hirsh
Blog 7u
October 3, 2017

Between the days of June 5th, 1967 and June 10th, 1967 the Middle East hosted the Six Day War. Although the war was ultimately fought between the Country of Israel and a coalition of Arab Nations, the conflict’s genesis was more specifically between Israel and Syria. Along Israel’s northern border Syria began to escalate its bombardment of Israeli settlements, and in retaliation the Jewish country’s military began to shoot down Syria’s MiG fighters. Shortly after these events took place, Syria asserted that Israel was amassing an army along their northern border and Egypt was the first country to join the Arab coalition. Shortly afterwards Arab states including Iraq, Kuwait, and Algeria also pledged their allegiance to the coalition whose intent was to destroy Israel. This militaristic competition in conjunction with the conflicting religious ideals of the Jewish Israelis and the Muslim Arabs ultimately resulted in the Six Day War- or at least this is what the conventional narrative tells us.
There has been sufficient evidence unearthed to justifiably argue that the Soviet Union played a background role in the orchestration of the Six Day War. Urging their Arab allies to antagonize Israel into attacking first, the Soviets had two purposes in creating the war. The war was intended to be a draw attention away from the Soviet’s attempt to use their new jets, the Mig-25 Foxbeats, to destroy an alleged stockpile of nuclear weapons that Israel was storing in Dimona. There is essentially no question that the Soviets had already been mobilizing its armed forces for war and there have been alleged reports by former Soviet military leaders that there were indeed surveillance missions on the Jewish state. However, Israel’s definitive victories over the Arab coalition during the Six Day War prematurely ended any intent the Soviet Union had upon destroying Israel’s nuclear weapons or even invading the country as a whole.

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Works Cited:
“10 Controversial Alternative Views Of Historical Events.” Listverse. July 30, 2014. Accessed October 03, 2017. http://listverse.com/2014/03/11/10-controversial-alternative-views-of-historical-events/.

Remez, Isabella Ginor And Gideon. “Analysis: Back to the USSR.” The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. December 31, 0000. Accessed October 03, 2017. http://www.jpost.com/International/Analysis-Back-to-the-USSR.

“Six-Day War ends.” History.com. Accessed October 03, 2017. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/six-day-war-ends.

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