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The Generals' ‘Revolt’: Civil–Military Relations in Israel on the Eve of the Six Day War

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On the eve of the Six Day War 1967, a sharp rift developed between Israel's military high command and the Government, especially with Prime Minister Levi Eshkol. The officers demanded a preemptive strike against the Egyptian forces in the Sinai but Eshkol. In two stormy meeting the prime minister and some of his ministers held with IDF's generals on May 28 and June 2, 1967. Many commentators referred to what happened during these meetings as a “Putsh” or revolt, implying that the general's pressure exerted by the general crossed the line and were illegitimate.

This article will examine the back ground and proceeding of these meetings and revaluate the confrontation and it impact on the decision making of the government to go to war on 5 June 1967.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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