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Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Miracles of the Six Day War

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the ceasefire that ended the famous Six Day War in Israel.

It was a miraculous victory. Against all odds, Israel prevailed. To commemorate this occasion, Chabad.org has prepared a timeline of of events leading up to the war and of the war itself, including commentary and related multimedia.

Click here to check it out. See below for excerpts from the introduction:

In the spring of 1967, following close to a decade of relative calm, Israel found itself poised for war against four of its Arab neighbors.

According to all the military analysts and pundits, it was to be a lopsided match. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) consisted of 275,000 troops, compared to the 456,000 soldiers of the combined Iraqi, Syrian, Jordanian, and Egypt armies. The united Arab forces also had a decided edge with regards to weaponry and military equipment: they boasted more than double the amount of tanks and close to four times the amount of combat aircraft. The three week period preceding the Six Day War was one of dread, shock and fright for the residents of the Holy Land...

...History books speak of the "Hundred Years' War," the "Thirty Years' War," and many other long-fought battles. Here, in a matter of six short days, a nation managed to utterly rout not one, but four powerful enemies!

Jews across the globe thanked G-d for the great miracles that happened. An incredible sense of pride and spiritual awakening gripped the Jewish people worldwide.


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