Today marks the 35th anniversary of the Six-Day War. Few people seem to know, or remember, that Israel started the conflict, by attacking Egyptian planes on the ground. With Egypt under fire, Syria and Jordan entered the conflict as well. A few days later, the war ended, with Israel seizing the Golan Heights from Syria, the West Bank from Jordan, and the Sinai from Egypt (making Israel four times as big in the process).

The Palestinian population, which did not participate in the war, found itself its victim. Jordan gave up claims to the West Bank (it was grappling with its own large Palestinian refugee problem), but Syria never gave up claims to the Heights. After the 1979 Camp David accords, Egypt recovered the Sinai in 1982 (though it cost Anwar Sadat his life), but that same year, Israel invaded Lebanon, a move that cost nearly 20,000 lives and the massacres of Sabra and Chatila.

And what do we have today? Another awful suicide bombing in a town named Megiddo, in which 16 people (civilians) have died. And of course this was followed by an incursion into Jenin (the IDF forces never having left the Palestinian areas since the March re-occupation anyway). What a mess.


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