What were the key features of the Six Day War?

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The Six Day War of 1967 proved the military dominance of Israel, as they were able to destroy 90% of Egypt’s air force while it was still grounded, and achieve aerial control within 2 days. This is one of the examples of the heightening of tensions in Arab-Israeli tensions, as both sides were mobilising for an attack before Israel launched the pre-emptive strike on the 5 May 1967. The Israelis were able to defeat all of the Arab neighbours in 6 days, proving the dominance of the Israeli military.

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This links to how conflict further worsened, as can be seen through the events of the Yom Kippur War in October 1973, showing how Arab-Israeli relations worsened further. This was a sort of last effort by the Arabs to defeat Israel, and was much more closely fought, showing how relations changed in that the strength of the Arab forces was now much more comparable to the Israelis. However, after the defeat at Chinese Farm on the 15th of October 1973, the Arabs were again pushed back, and the Israeli forces came within 100km of Cairo.

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