• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

question 5 source questions Arab Israeli conflict

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Question 5 History Coursework Question: Which interpretation is best supported by the evidence in these sources and your knowledge of the Arab-Israeli conflict? There are many interpretations of who was to blame for The Six Day war some accusing the Israelis of being the aggressors and some accusing the Arabs of being the aggressors. I will assess these two using the sources and my own knowledge to see which one is more supported. a). 'the Arab powers were threatening her (Israel) with destruction Egypt had already closed the Gulf of Akaba which she knew Israel would regard as an act of war' b). 'Israel, urged on by the USA (went to war) to overthrow the Syrian government and suppress the movement for the liberation of Palestine.' Source B, D, F, G, H agree with the first statement completely giving evidence of Arab aggression and threats. Source B shows a Jewish man being forced into the sea by the aggressive unified Arab armies. This gives the impression that the Arab armies are pushing forwards and being the aggressors. It was published in an Arab newspaper just before the war to reflect the public hatred of the Jews so although it did reflect public opinion it could have also been used as propaganda to 'rally the troops' it cannot be classed as totally reliable as it was published in an Arab newspaper therefore it could be bias. ...read more.

Middle

Source H also agrees with statement a) as it states that 'terrorism had been increased by the Arab sates to a fearsome point'. This shows the Arabs as the aggressors it also states that the Soviets stated at the UN meeting that 'an air attack was being prepared by Israel against Syria in preparation for the invasion of Syria' this was a false claim but it gave Nasser an excuse to move his troops into Syria. The statement by the USSR was seen by the Israelis as a setup just so that Nasser could move his troops in. This source was published after the war making it a reliable source as it could look at the war and asses what really happened. Even so it is still written by the Israelis therefore it could be seen as bias as it is after the war they might be trying to blame it on the Arabs and explain why they made the first strike. Consequently I would not value this source as terribly reliable. Sources E and I agree with statement b). Source E is a statement made by the Egyptian Deputy Commander-in-Chief of their armed forces. It states that it was Israel that was making the aggressive moves towards the Arab states. It talks of them "directing military blows towards the Arab people or Syria." ...read more.

Conclusion

The reliability of this source is questionable however as it was in a British magazine. This raises two issues first being that it was published in a magazine that is a rather Tabloid type of journalism that often uses a lot of hyperbole in its articles that may be evident in this picture. Secondly it was British therefore it could be getting back at the USSR and the USA as they were very critical of the way the British acted in the Suez Crisis and the way Britain and France invaded like they did. This criticism caused the British and French to pull out of the Suez Canal which obviously made the British look bad. This source could be seen as revenge accusing them of starting the Six War. Therefore I see this source supporting both statements as the USSR gave weapons and munitions to the Arabs giving them great support and the USA gave weapons and munitions to the Israelis. Therefore it supports both statements but maybe supporting statement b) a little bit more as it makes it clear that Israel was supported by the USA - 'urged on by the USA'. More sources support statement a) as I believe it was closer to the truth of the conflict between the Arabs and the Israelis. As it was clear that the Arabs were the more aggressive ones as they were the ones making more threats and uniting together against the Israelis and they were threatening Israel with destruction. Joe Sharp ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. history coursework - arab israeli conflict

    The source fails to mention the Infitada or "uprising", which was the civil disobedience that grew in parts of Israel. It consisted of riots and protests led by Arabs. The Infitada happened before the source was written, so they have no excuse for not writing about it in the pamphlet.

  2. Gallic war

    * Lepidus: ignored for time being; later given Africa. Activities of the Triumvirs after Philippi Philippi ? The empire was divided, 42 Octavian in the west Lepidus in Africa Antony in the east * Octavian returned to Italy to settle veterans - he hoped to increase his prestige and build up huge body of clients.

  1. Arab-Israeli Conflict

    I believe that oil did play an important part in some of the wars; however there are other causes why war broke out. Oil was a small factor in the war of 1956. The British prime minister, Anthony Eden feared that Nasser "will have to place their united oil resources

  2. The Panchayat system as an early form of conflict resolution in Trinidad.

    Under rural farming conditions, the social structure of the Indo Trinidadian was remarkably similar to that of his village counterpart in India and it supposedly exhibited the same kind of functional integration, for example in the relationship between caste and marriage, agriculture and family organization, inheritance patterns and paternal authority.20

  1. Charles the first was completely responsible for the civil war- to what extent is ...

    To get these taxes of people and to punish the people who refused to pay the taxes Charles made the court of Star Chamber; this was run by Charles so if any one refused to pay he could easily punish them.

  2. Stoke Bruerne: Canal lives

    Although it could be argued that memories could have been forgotten or sensationalised. The text relates to work as well, and we are able to gain a good understanding of what life was like on the canals for the people.

  1. How did the Cold War begin?

    (Quote 3;american rhetiric.com). Basically Truman divided the world into good called Liberalism and evil called communism and declared a confrontation with the USSR. This idea was apparently an anti-communist doctrine and to stop communist spreading. Truman had chosen to take advantage of European countries instead of sending troops to Europe to fight communism.

  2. Civil Rights question 5

    in the wider world if it weren't for TV, as it took less time to get the images across the different states and it didn't needed to be reported, sent to an office, edited, printed, distributed and bought like a newspaper.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work