Assess the reasons why the Six-Day War of 1967 was followed by the Yom Kippur War only three years later.

Published: March 19, 2017

Arabs and Israelis were fighting since 1948. The core reason for the war were freedom for Palestine and destruction of Israel. Since these objectives were not achieved they again went to war with Israel in 1967, also known as six-day war of 1967. In 1967 also, Arabs were not able to achieve desired objectives. Desperate enough Arabs again declared war on Yom Kippur (Jewish religious festival). The other reasons which can be attributed are:

  • The Popular Front for the Liberation for Palestine (PFLP) a more violent group launched a series of terrorist attack. The airline hijackings and blowing them in the Amman, the capital of Jordan. It was an embarrassing moment for the King Hussain of Jordan.
  • Anwar Sadat of Egypt was now convinced that negotiated peace is now the best option. He was hoping for the USA and the USSR help in this cause. However, the USA refused to interfere.
  • Egypt along with Syria attacked Israel. The plan was that; this act will force America to mediate.
  • Also, the Egyptians were more confident of winning this time as recently they had acquired modern soviet weapons.

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