Ever since the creation of modern Israel, the Arab world and Israel constantly feuded over territories such as the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and the Sinai Peninsula. The Middle East was "a region of the world embroiled in tragic conflict for centuries...one of the world's powder kegs." Underlying this conflict were intense nationalism, fundamental differences in religious beliefs, and a long history of mutual resentment.
Intermittent warfare interrupted periods of fragile peace. Israel decisively emerged victorious in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the Six Day War. Israel's apparent invincibility, however, disintegrated after a successful Arab surprise attack in the Yom Kippur War. Importantly, the Yom Kippur War "raised awareness of the need for a lasting solution to the conflict."
"Israel - The Suez War of 1956"
"The Six-Day War, 1967"
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