Waiting period (Six-Day War)

Waiting Period (Six-Day War)

Waiting period (Six-Day War)

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The waiting period (,Tkufat HaHamtana) was a 3-week interval in the history of the State of Israel, May 15 - June 5, 1967, between the Egyptian crossing of the Suez Canal into the Sinai Peninsula and the outbreak of the Six-Day War.

Early military moves

On May 17 Gamal Abdel Nasser demanded that the United Nations emergency force of 4,000 men in Sinai and in the Gaza Strip withdraw. Despite efforts from Abba Eban, the UN forces did evacuate its troops a few days later. Israel military commentators and political officials nevertheless believed that Egypt would not open a front against Israel, due to its involvement in the North Yemen Civil War.

However, when Nasser declared that his forces were withdrawing from Yemen and making their way to Sinai, Israel drafted every fit man, which led to an economic paralyzation. No emergency was felt on the Jordanian border. Tourists kept crossing the Mandelbaum Gate, although there were reports of Jordanian Legion forces moving from Amman to towards Judea and Samaria.

Meanwhile, Egyptian forces moved into Sharm e-Sheikh and closed the Straits of Tiran to passage of Israeli ships, as well as strategic materials delivered to Israel by non-Israeli ships. Israel considered this a Casus belli. Nasser's move was supported by Moscow, while the United States warned both Israel and Egypt not to take military action. Speaking before the Knesset, Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol tried...
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