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We are now approaching the 40th anniversary of the
Six Days War. At the present time it is important to recall the causes
of that war and the factors that have led us to our present situation. These
are too extensive and complicated to set out here in detail, but it should
be understood that the Six Day War was caused essentially by a local expression
of a wider conflict.
Regionally, the Western Powers retained historical, political and economic
interests in the Middle East. These blocked the Soviet intentions to penetrate
the region, limiting its sphere of influence, while at the same time,
seeking to destabilise Arab relationships with the West. In Egypt, Russia
had already supplanted America by financing the construction of the Aswan
Dam and supplying arms to Syria and other Islamic Middle-Eastern countries.
Locally, the scarcity of water in Israel led to an escalating tense situation
upon which the Soviets capitalised with their misinformation tactics.
This resulted in a war which Israel unsuccessfully attempted to avert
and the results reverberate to this very day.