The Six-Day War

Arno Froese

“And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness” (Zechariah 8:8). 

The state of Israel was founded 14 May 1948. The circumstances were most peculiar. It wasn’t a war between the Jewish Palestinians and the Arab Palestinians; it was a war pitting Israel against established Arab countries: Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, with the assistance of the Arab Liberation Army, the Muslim Brotherhood, Yemen, Pakistan, and Sudan.

Important to note is that these mostly Islamic countries had established military forces. They could import weapons from many countries around the world. However, the UK and US had an arms embargo against the conflict area of the Middle East. No one dared to sell weapons to the Jews except the Soviet Union.

Here is an excerpt authored by Norman Berdichevsky:

Soviet aid to Israel was spectacularly demonstrated by arms deliveries by Czechoslovakia to Tel Aviv, unconditional diplomatic support (the Soviet Union was the first power to recognize Israel), and the dispatch of military experts to aid the Israelis. Much of Israel’s heavy artillery and almost its entire air force consisted of fighter planes smuggled from Czechoslovakia.

Dramatic confirmation of this occurred on January 7, 1949, when Israeli aircraft shot down five British-piloted Spitfires on patrol over the Sinai Desert. The Israeli aircraft were former German Luftwaffe fighter planes provided by Czechoslovakia.

“I Will Bring Them”
When analyzing Israel’s recent history, we cannot but come to the conclusion that a higher power was involved: the God of Israel. Thus the first part, “And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem…” has been fulfilled, is being fulfilled, and continues to be fulfilled.

Interestingly, the principal support for the founding of the state of Israel was the atheist Soviet Union. Also, the overwhelming majority of immigrants to Israel originate from the former USSR.

Articles have been written, books published, and even films have been made about the dramatic and unexpected victory of the Jews against the Arab enemies. But we reiterate: above and beyond what happened, it is the will of God. He is beginning to reestablish Israel, with the aim to fulfill the last part of the introductory Scripture: “…I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.”

1956 Suez Canal War
Israel, it can be said, miraculously developed into a power to be reckoned with in the Middle East. Only eight years after the founding of the state, Israel linked up with the United Kingdom and France to stop Egypt from nationalizing the Suez Canal. With Israel’s expertise, the war was quickly won, but was also quickly condemned by the United Nations under the auspices of the USSR and the USA.
While Israel did not gain usage of the Suez Canal, they had gained entrance to the Strait of Tiran (at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba).

Nuclear Weapons
During those days, no country would stand behind Israel in their life-threatening situation, surrounded by hostile Arab nations, which loudly proclaimed their intention to eliminate the state of Israel.

In 1955, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion said in an address to the nation: “The future of Israel is not dependent on what the Gentiles would say, but on what the Jews would do.”

That was followed by Polish-born Shimon Perez secretly obtaining the needed know-how and material to build nuclear weapons, in cooperation with the French. Until this day, Israel does not deny or confirm the possession of nuclear arms.

French Connection
From that point on, Israel’s closest ally was France. But their friendship had to be proven, since the rest of the world was reluctant to be actively and publically involved in supporting and promoting the Jewish state. The friendship changed with the end of the Algerian War in 1962. Israel’s former great friend Charles de Gaulle called the Jews “an elite people, sure of itself, and dominating.”

The threat to Israel continued to climax when Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, closed the Strait of Tiran on 22 May 1967, and moved military equipment and forces closer to Israel’s border in the Sinai Peninsula. Israel was standing alone. President Johnson of the USA urged the Israelis not to take military action. Israel was facing Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon, supported by Algeria, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, the PLO, Sudan, and Tunisia.

Israel had built an impressive military force, mainly with French weapons. Here is a relevant excerpt from Wikipedia:

The AMX 13 was Israel’s first modern tank and was purchased at a time when France was the only country willing to openly sell arms to Israel. By 1956, Israel had received 180 AMX-13 light tanks as part of an agreement to reinforce Israel’s military and to maintain the balance in Israel’s favor after the Egyptian-Czechoslovak arms agreement.

By 1967, Israel had acquired about 400 AMX-13s and formed three AMX-13 battalions, all of which fought actively on all fronts during the Six Day War.

Israel’s air force was composed primarily of French aircraft, particularly the Mirage III:

Dassault Mirage III, Dassault Super Mystère, Sud Aviation Vautour, Mystere IV, Dassault Ouragan, Fouga Magister trainer outfitted for attack missions, Nord 2501IS military cargo planes.

Six-Day War
This war was so well publicized, that no further details are necessary. The victory of the Six-Day War was nothing short of a miracle, which reminds us of David Ben-Gurion’s statement: “He who does not believe in miracles is not a realist.”

The American Connection
While the United States secretly supplied weapons, even as far back as 1962 via West Germany, the US policy toward Israel changed markedly after the Six-Day War of 1967. That was the time when many Arab states, particularly Egypt, drifted toward the Soviet Union. It was US President Lyndon B. Johnson who approved the sale of F-4 Phantom II fighters to Israel. Thus, the beginning of US support for Israel’s qualitative military edge over its neighboring nations was reinforced.

The Yom Kippur War
It was in 1973 when Egypt and Syria—with the support of Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Cuba, and Morocco—launched a surprise attack. That war placed Israel’s existence in extreme danger, particularly due to Soviet supplied surface-to-air missiles (SAM). Israel’s air force lost over 100 fighter aircraft before their pilots learned how to evade these missiles.

According to Wikipedia:

During the Yom Kippur War in 1973, the US mounted a major airlift to deliver weapons and supplies to Israel. Over 22,000 tons of tanks, artillery, ammunition, and other material were delivered to aid the Israeli military response to the large-scale Soviet resupply effort of the Arab States. The operation was paralleled by a large-scale sealift of 33,000 tons of material and transfer of 40 F-4 Phantoms, 36 A-4 Skyhawks, and twelve C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to replace Israel’s war losses.

From that point on, US military aid to Israel has increased with each administration, climaxing in the $38 billion in military assistance under the Obama administration for the next decade.

It is necessary to add that these aid packages are not “no strings attached” grants, but require Israel to purchase American military equipment. Moreover, the US has gained tremendously when it comes to missile-related military technology from Israel. One staunch Israeli supporter stated: “$38 billion is only a drop in the bucket, when compared with gaining knowledge to keep America in the realm of world leadership in defense.”

Biblical Prophecy
Most of what we have reported is political in nature. The nations’ involvement is only the means by which God fulfills His intentions with His people. Our ultimate authority relating to information on Israel is Holy Scripture.

“And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country” (Ezekiel 34:13). That’s the real news behind the news.

We may give credit to the hard-working, ingenious kibbutz members who operated a successful agriculture industry to feed the nation, but the real reason behind Israel’s success is found in Ezekiel 36:8: “But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come.”

The process of restoring Israel, the land and the people serves one specific goal, and that is Israel’s salvation. In Ezekiel 36:26 we read: “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” Note that it says “new heart…new spirit.” That is the change of the Jews when they come to the land of Israel. They are no longer the scapegoat of the nations, but are fiercely independent, mentally strong, and as de Gaulle rightly stated: “self-assured.”

Israel’s agricultural, military, and technological success is nothing short of miraculous.

But there is more to come; verse 27 of the same chapter reads: “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” That is God’s aim; He will put His Spirit within the Jewish people in the land of Israel, and they “…shall keep my judgments, and do them.”

When will that happen? The answer relates to the Church of Jesus Christ on earth: only after the Church is completed and raptured into the presence of the Lord. “Blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved...” (Romans 11:25b-26a). That admonishes us to work while it is day, for “the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4).

Midnight Call - 06/2017 

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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