|Six-Day War Anniversary|
June 5, 2012 – New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.
The full text of this week's commentary follows:
Want to understand the Arab-Israeli conflict?
If so, this week in history looms large.
Forty-five years ago, war broke out, after Egypt and Syria openly called for Israel's annihilation.
Until the war, the West Bank and Gaza were in Arab hands, yet there was no talk of a Palestinian state. The focus was on destroying Israel.
When the six-day war ended, Israel offered to trade newly-acquired land for peace.
The Arab League's response? No peace with Israel, no negotiations, no recognition.
In 1977 though, Egypt defied the Arab world and talked peace. The result? A treaty with Israel.
In 1994, it was Jordan's turn for a peace treaty.
Will it happen with the Palestinians, whose favorite word till now, tragically, has been "no"? Only time will tell.
But one thing is clear: Israel's age old yearning for peace.
Israel. The more you know, the more you understand.
This is David Harris of AJC.