The political calculations behind the Six Day War

The Secret Transcripts of the Israeli “Security Cabinet” which made all policy decisions leading up to the Six Day War and then after it was over. The SC was made up of the leaders of every party in the Knesset. This is how the documents are described:

The Six-Day War: classified documents unsealed 50 years after the conflict reveal: Jerusalem conquered almost by accident; Israel’s National Religious Party, forerunner to the settler movement, lobbied for military de-escalation at every turn; and nobody in Israel’s security cabinet seems to have seen the country’s most momentous war coming.

You already know what happened, but even so these are fascinating. Read them through:

Part 1

Part 2.

Political calculation is the way everything is since the future will always be an unknown so everything has to be weighed up. You can only hope that such level-headed decision making continues.

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