Today in Middle Eastern history: the Six-Day War begins (1967)

Today is the anniversary of the start of the Six-Day War, Israel’s militarily decisive but politically confounding rapid defeat of armies in Egypt, Jordan, and Syria (Iraq and Lebanon were involved as well) that has done as much as any other single event to help shape the modern Middle East. Your perspective on how the war started … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Six-Day War begins (1967)

Today in Middle Eastern history: Jordan’s Black September begins (1970)

Prior to September 1970, tensions between the Hashemite monarchy of Jordan and the country's majority Palestinian population had been on rise for many years. Palestinians had poured into Jordan after the formation of Israel in 1948, which created a lot of Palestinian refugees, and the ensuing Arab-Israeli War resulted in Jordan annexing the West Bank. … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Jordan’s Black September begins (1970)