The Six-Day War: A Retrospective

The Six-Day War: A Retrospective

The Six-Day War: A Retrospective

The Six-Day War: A Retrospective

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Celebrating Florida: Works of Art from the Vickers Collection illustrates in full color a generous selection of paintings and works on paper by some of the world's most significant artists who came to Florida from 1823 to 1950 to capture the "Sunshine State". Of particular interest to students of Florida history are two essays by noted historians Wendell Garrett and Erik Robinson, who discuss the "creation of Florida" and its birth as a state in 1845. Essays on each artist present an aesthetic, historical, social, and cultural overview - designed to clarify the significance of the works of art presented in this first-ever collection of Florida-based art. Essays on each artist with bibliographies by Henry Adams, Gary R. Libby, James Murphy, Erik Robinson, and David Swoyer help to explain the significance of individual works and their place in Florida's history and artistic record. Celebrating Florida: Works of Art from the Vickers Collection offers the most comprehensive study of Florida art currently available. It also serves as the catalog for a traveling exhibition curated at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, Florida, in honor of Florida's Sesquicentennial.

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The six-day war between Israel and its Arab neighbors in June 1967 burst upon an unsuspecting world as suddenly as a summer storm. In retrospect it should not have been all that surprising. None of Israel's neighbors was prepared to negotiate peace with it or even to accept its existence indirectly. Indeed, none of the Arab states, whether sharing a border with Israel or not, was yet ready openly to acknowledge that the 1947 UN General Assembly decision to partition Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish state, followed by the 1948-49 Arab-Israeli war, had brought into existence a state and a new regional reality that must be the focus of subsequent diplomatic actions.

The violently negative response to Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba's 1965 proposal that the Arabs should at long last face up to reality and accept the partition decision clearly demonstrated that the Arab world was not yet ready to adopt a realistic appraisal of the power balances. Away from the public eye, Arab-Israeli contacts, while intermittent, had never been lacking. The many negotiations between the Jordanian Hashemite dynasty and Israeli leaders (beginning even before the creation of Israel) and the Anglo-American-sponsored efforts to orchestrate a settlement between President Gamal Abd al-Nasser of Egypt and Prime Minister David Ben- Gurion of Israel demonstrate that serious Arab-Israeli diplomatic probings, both direct and indirect, had long existed. But all such endeavors had to be secret because the touchstone of Arab ideological purity remained support for the Palestinian cause and a refusal to accept the Zionist entity. No more damaging charge could be brought against a rival Arab government than to accuse it of failing to meet this test.

Nor had Israeli actions contributed to an atmosphere of accommodation. Quite the contrary, the Israeli policy of retaliation in force against Arab infiltration across the border, coupled with a tough and often provocative posture in various negotiations in the Mixed Armistice Commissions set up in 1949 to deal with border problems, hardly induced Arab governments or Arab public opinion to consider moving toward settlement.

Even the kindliest interpretation of Israel's regional strategy during . . .

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