The Arab-Israeli Conflict a Brief History

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The Arab-Israeli Conflict a Brief History


1947: Britain gives up its mandate and the United Nations takes over supervision of Israel. 1948: The foundation of the state of Israel declared on May 15. Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan invade but are beaten back.

1956: Israel joins with Britain and France to invade the Sinai peninsula in Egypt on October 29. International pressure later forces the Israelis to give up Sinai and the UK and France to remove their troops from the Suez Canal.

1964: The Palestinian Liberation Organisation founded with Yasser Arafat as chairman, claiming to be the sole representative of the Palestinian people. It vows to reclaim their lands and destroy the state of Israel.

1967: Israel launches a ``pre-emptive strike'' against the Arab troops along its borders and seizes Sinai from Egypt, the Golan Heights from Syria and the West Bank and the Old City of Jerusalem from Jordan during the Six Day War.

1973: Syria and Egypt launches a surprise attack on Israeli-held lands on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur. …

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