Six Day War and its Legacy, 1967-2008
In early June 1967, following a number of bellicose acts by its neighbors, Israeli forces launched a pre-emptive strike against Egypt and Syria. Soon afterwards, Jordan joined in the fighting. The war ended in complete victory for Israel, which captured the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza Strip from Egypt, the Golan Heights from Syria and the West Bank of the Jordan River from Jordan. However, it meant that Israel was now responsible for West Bank and Gaza Palestinians previously living under Jordanian and Egyptian rule.