Analyse the Causes and Consequences of the Arab-Israeli war of 1967

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Introduction
Throughout the written history the outcomes of regional/world wars have changed the ways countries, at least politically. Wars are not normally fought without reason or a cause; be it just a cause or otherwise. Sometimes they are fought for the expansion of territories, economic issues or even when the existence of one country is threaten. The final outcome of any war has consequences for countries involved, their populations and regions where they occur. The same holds true for the Arab – Israeli war of 1967. In this essay we seek to examine the causes of the Arab - Israeli war that took place in the year of 1967 and we will also try to analyze its consequences.
We will try to highlight some brief historical and political
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By considering some of the causes and consequences of this particular war, we believe that the real causes and consequences of this war lay within the complex relationship between Arabs and the Jews, between the Great Powers and fundamentally, the reluctance of both Arab and Israeli leaders to resolve the conflict in a peaceful manner as we shall try to explain.

The end of the Ottoman Empire
Historically, most of the Middle East as we know it today has once been part of the Ottoman Empire or more specifically, the Islamic Caliphate as it was known then (Owen: 2000 page 8). This sense of ‘belonging’ to one nation (umma) had kept together huge numbers of population (mainly Muslims) for almost fourteen centuries. However, the abolition of the Caliphate just after the end of the First World War left the Arab Muslim populations in despair. For them, there was no spiritual head of state (the Caliph) or grand administrative authorities that they could relate to. The Ottoman break up led to the succession of many Arab states with more nationalist and secular themes, based on European models and imitating British and the French systems of governance. In this context, the idea of belonging to a nation - state (watan) became prevalent in the whole region. This very idea was taken up by the Jewish communities as well, for they had long suffered prosecution in Europe throughout history, especially during the Second World War when they were almost on the brink of

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