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The Seventh Day: Soldiers' Talk about the Six-Day War Hardcover – 1971

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Simon Schuster Trade (1971)
  • ISBN-10: 0684127393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684127392
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,283,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since it was declared an independent state, Israel has been under siege, and at no time was it more intense than in 1967. The armies of Egypt, Syria and Jordan were arrayed on the borders and other Arab nations such as Iraq sent forces to participate in the battle. In one of the most stunning military victories of all time, the Israeli defense forces swept the Arab armies aside and in six days conquered substantial territory. Some of that territory is still held by Israel forty years later and the debate as to what to do next began in Israel almost from the day after the six-day war ended.
This book is part of that debate; in it several of the Israeli citizen-soldiers discuss their feelings about their Arab opponents and the war. They describe what it was like to kill the opposing soldiers, how they dealt with the Arab civilians when they moved into their territory and what direction they believe Israel and the neighboring nations should take. It is a very candid discussion and the opinions are varied, although most do not express a general hatred of the Arabs. What hatred is expressed is reserved for the Arab leadership, particularly the Egyptian leader Nasser. The Israeli soldiers express genuine sympathy for their Arab counterparts, they understand that both sides shooting at each other was an unfortunate natural order of things.
Amidst the decades of hot and cold blowing wars between Israel and the Arabs, there is some hope that a reasonable compromise acceptable to both sides can be found. Some of that hope is expressed here, as the overwhelming opinion is that Israel just wants to be left alone and that there be an end to the killing.
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"The Seventh Day: Soldiers' Talk about the Six-Day War", ed. by Avraham Shapira, 1970 in English; (1967 in Hebrew w/ 70,000+ printed); 277 pages. Shortly following the end of the Israeli-Arab "Six Day War" of June 1967, several dozen Israeli soldiers who grew up in kibbutzims were interviewed in several discussion groups to discuss their views about their war experiences, the meaning of the war and its outcome, how Arab soldiers were treated during battle & capture. They had their discussions tape recorded, and some of their comments were published in this book in October 1967, just a brief four months after the end of the war. This is not a book about military tactics or unit histories. [In 2015, a movie was made of some of their reflections regarding their 50-year-old comments.] When this book was originally published, what readers found so shocking were limited comments by some Israeli soldiers about their hatred of their Muslim opponents -- some of which are noted below; most of these sabra comments referenced some atrocity committed by Arab soldiers earlier.

Contents: "Introduction": denotes how the young Israeli soldiers were shocked by their battlefield successes; they were divided as to whether or not their Muslim neighbors would seek peace with the Jewish state.
(Chapter 1): The Translation [1 page]:;
(Chpt. 2) The Interviewers [5 pgs];

(Chpt. 3): Part 1: "How It Began" [20 pgs]: how soldiers were initially apprehensive about their call-up, activated reservist farmers worrying about un-watered or un-harvested crops, then waiting in intense suspense for two weeks as they readied for war to break out.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Silverfine on March 8, 2015
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 23, 2012
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This book illustrates the miraculous similarity between Gods creation of the world in six days and the Six Day war which replaced Jerusalem back in the hands of the Jewish people in six days and then rested on the seventh. Israel was partitioned in 1948 but the state did not have its eternal capital. However in six days it was recreated and the emotional spiritual story of non religious secular kibbutz soldiers is the special magic of this book. It truly touches on the most sensitive issues of israeli values. Worth the read.
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