The war fought 45 years ago from June 5-10 helped bolster Israel's legend of military invincibility but it also left a legacy of displacement and bitterness that unsettles the region to this day
June 05, 2012
Micha Bar Am / Magnum Photos
Air Force General Mordechai Hod and young Air Force cadets in a camouflaged position on the eve of what would later be called the Six-Day War, June 1967. The fighting that would triple the size of the territory controlled by the Jewish State and contribute to the myth of Israeli invincibility. As the military's chief of staff during the war, General Yitzhak Rabin would give the popular name to what is technically the Third Arab-Israeli War. He called it the Six-Day War, alluding to time God took to create the cosmos, according to scripture. To the Egyptians, Syrians, Jordanians and Palestinians, the war had another name. They called it an-Naksah, Arabic for "the setback."