Eye­ing the Golan Heights

Dayan changes tack and Syr­ian forces are over­whelmed

BBC History Magazine - - Six-Day War -

Early in the morn­ing, Nasser – fi­nally com­ing to terms with the re­al­ity of the sit­u­a­tion – ca­bled the Syr­i­ans, ad­vis­ing them not to fight Is­rael: “Keep the Syr­ian army in­tact,” he coun­selled. “We have lost this bat­tle. God will be with us in the fu­ture.”

Then the mer­cu­rial Dayan de­cided to go on the of­fen­sive, hav­ing ar­gued against such a move the day be­fore.

When Is­raeli troops started bomb­ing and at­tack­ing up into the Syr­ian-held Golan Heights, Eshkol was fu­ri­ous, as he had agreed not to at­tack. Dayan’s po­si­tion on Syria was so in­con­sis­tent that some have ar­gued that only a psy­chol­o­gist could un­der­stand it.

The die was now cast and Is­rael’s north­ern front ex­ploded in a fi­nal round of fight­ing that would see Arab forces hu­mil­i­ated again.

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