Myth is a fundamental part of what binds and propels a nation forwards towards a shared goal, and in the case of Israel and the surrounding Arab states following the end of the British Mandate in 1948, the mythology of David versus Goliath certainly played to the Israelis’ advantage in mustering national solidarity against the armies of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. In the Six-Day War in 1967, however, what may have appeared to be superior force at least numerically on the Arab side quickly turned into a rout as the Israelis swiftly destroyed their opponents’ armies. In Egypt in particular, the Arab nationalist leader Gamal Nasser suffered a major blow to his prestige as a military commander, and his myth as a greater Arab leader was never able to recover.
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– Why Arabs Lose Wars, De Atkine (1999) – https://www.meforum.org/articles/other/why-arabs-lose-wars
– Six Days of War, Oren (2002)
– Six Day War (1967) | The 50 Years War: Israel & the Arabs [3/6] (2017) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmiDswF9FLM
– Six Days and 50 Years of War, Stephens (2017) – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/opinion/six-days-and-50-years-of-war.html