On June 5, 1967, Israel was forced into a war it did not want, and one which it was not expected to win. Facing enemies on all fronts, the Israeli military struck preemptively, kicking off what we now know as the Six-Day War. In this video from our friends at JerusalemU and The Jerusalem Post, find out the true danger that the Jewish state faced on that day 50 years ago:
In the early morning of June 5, Israel launched a preemptive aerial strike on Egyptian air force bases in response to Egypt’s ongoing provocations. Every military jet in the Israeli Air Force, except for 12, took off, flying low to avoid radar detection and observing complete radio silence. They bombed and incapacitated the runways of 11 Egyptian air force bases, as well as the aircraft on the ground.
In just four hours, Israel demolished two-thirds of the entire Egyptian air force, the largest in the Arab world.
Israel then issued a final offer to Jordan: if you stay out of the war, Israel will not retaliate - even though that meant that the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and other Jewish holy sites would remain under Jordanian control...