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How Israel Really Won the 6-Day War: An Israeli Army Officer's Story

Updated on January 17, 2013
Minefields are still a danger many years after the war. Israel claims Syria left the bombs; Syria claims Israel did. You can see the Sea of Galilee in the background.
Minefields are still a danger many years after the war. Israel claims Syria left the bombs; Syria claims Israel did. You can see the Sea of Galilee in the background.

Map of 6-Day War

Israel - Map of 6-Day War - Golan Heights, 1967.  The lower blue arrow shows Israel's push through the Golan Heights.
Israel - Map of 6-Day War - Golan Heights, 1967. The lower blue arrow shows Israel's push through the Golan Heights.

This post is about an event that took place over forty years ago during the 1967 6-Day War in Israel...a miraculous event that, by one account, determined the war’s outcome and gave Israel her victory. It is timely now since there is currently a move to divest Israel of more land; Jerusalem...and in particular, the Golan Heights.

My trip to Israel and How I came to Hear Josi's Story

My son, Joshua, and I visited Israel with 17 others from my church in California shortly after Pope John was there in the spring of 2000. Our guide was a former Israeli army officer and veteran of the 6-Day War named Josi (Joseph). The first several days of our trip we stayed in Tiberius exploring the historic places around Galilee. One day, Josi surprised us all by persuading our Palestinian bus driver to take us to the top of the Golan Heights overlooking the Sea of Galilee.

This part of the Golan is close to the Syrian border and is fenced in with barbed wire in many places. There are yellow signs posted warning people of live mines in the area. We could still see evidence of the battle that took place over 35 years earlier…shell craters and vacant buildings with bullet holes in them. Josi took us to a Syrian bunker perched over 1,000 feet above Galilee where we could see Jewish settlements directly below us on its shores. Standing on top of this bunker, with the Sea of Galilee and Israel spread out below him, Josi told us a story I will never forget…the story of how God miraculously intervened to save Israel during the 6-Day War.

(Why did Josi risk taking a group of American pilgrims into a restricted area like the Golan Heights? He explained it was critical for Americans to understand how vitally important the Golan Heights are to Israel's survival. He asked us to tell others...and that is why I am passing it on to you).

Josi’s Story

Before the 6-Day War, the Syrians used this bunker and others like it to shoot artillery shells directly into the Jewish settlements below them. From this vantage point they could kill Israeli citizens with impunity as Israel was unable to adequately respond to such attacks. When the war started, Syria stationed hundreds of tanks, heavy artillery and infantry at this and other high positions along Israel's eastern border. Israel knew they had to take the Golan Heights quickly or lose the war. With their country's survival hanging in the balance, Josi’s battalion was assigned to take this very bunker. Almost certainly it was a suicide mission but they had to try.

First, another company (not Josi’s) attacked it from below, going up the steep face of the cliff against the Syrian armor. There were no survivors.

The next day, Josi’s company prepared to attack. He and his men expected to die but, strangely, they didn’t come under any fire this time. Not a single shot was fired as they climbed toward their objective. When Josi got to the bunker, he found the Syrians were gone! The place looked like it had been abandoned in a hurry with food still warm on the cooking fires.

Israeli Tanks move up the Golan Heights
Israeli Tanks move up the Golan Heights
Surrendered Syrian Soldiers
Surrendered Syrian Soldiers

Why Israel Won the War

During the course of the war negotiations for peace were going on continuously at the United Nations in New York. On the battlefield, soldiers from both sides of the conflict listened, when they could, to news coming out of the UN. After the battle, Josi learned that he…and Israel...owed their victory to a UN broadcast that was transmitted that day in error! The broadcast mistakenly said that Israel had won the war. When the Syrians heard the news they had lost they fled from their positions giving Israel the victory!

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Please Pray for Israel and the peace of Jerusalem...and that the Lord gives our leaders Godly wisdom during their peace negotiations.

The Battlefield Today

Bombed out buildings like this one can be seen in many places along the Golan
Bombed out buildings like this one can be seen in many places along the Golan
Syrian bunker on the Golan Heights.  (This is not Josi's bunker)
Syrian bunker on the Golan Heights. (This is not Josi's bunker)
Another minefield
Another minefield

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      O.E.O 

      5 years ago

      sorry All I mean ISRAEL

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      O.E.O 

      5 years ago

      I love Isreal

    • TJBaruch profile imageAUTHOR

      TJBaruch 

      5 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      Me too.

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      ChristianLOVEisrael 

      5 years ago

      I LOVE ISRAEL...

    • TJBaruch profile imageAUTHOR

      TJBaruch 

      6 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      Amen! And may God bless you, also. :-)

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      JC 

      6 years ago

      What an interesting story. Thanks for sharing. God bless Israel.

    • TJBaruch profile imageAUTHOR

      TJBaruch 

      6 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      Amen, Bugoy, Amen!

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      Bugoy 

      6 years ago

      Israel will stand forever fulfilling GOD's promise to Abraham...

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      Edgar 

      7 years ago

      "God can change things at any time, horses and chariots are prepared but victory comes from above, Glory be to God."

    • TJBaruch profile imageAUTHOR

      TJBaruch 

      7 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      Louis... Amen! Thanks for your comment. Shalom!

    • louisxfourie profile image

      Louis Fourie 

      7 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      Good hub, God truly intervened as of olds, He is still God, Be blessed.

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      VENUGOPAL SIVAGNA 

      7 years ago from India.

      End justify the means.

    • TJBaruch profile imageAUTHOR

      TJBaruch 

      7 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      Thanks for your comment. Peace to you you and your family.

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      VENUGOPAL SIVAGNA 

      7 years ago from India.

      A good and interesting hub. Victory will always be with Israel... because, they don't aim to destroy opponents... just like to live with them.

    • TJBaruch profile imageAUTHOR

      TJBaruch 

      8 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      Thanks for your comments, Judah's Daughter. Josi's story is important and timely. He was a blessing throughout our trip and I am happy to relate it to you.

      Shalom and Happy New Year to you.

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      Judah's Daughter 

      8 years ago from Roseville, CA

      This was a really interesting hub ~ I read another one by James A Watkins that pointed out Israel was not only out-numbered but had inferior weaponry ~ and still won this war in 6-days, aligning it to the battle of Jerhico! God truly intervened. They are still the apple of His eye and I, for one, support Israel and encourage others to stand by Her! I believe She is the capitol of the millennial reign of Christ, and the New Jerusalem in the New Heaven and Earth will be the capitol of our God's eternal kingdom. Loved the hub! Thank you for sharing!

    • TJBaruch profile imageAUTHOR

      TJBaruch 

      8 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      Hi John! Thanks for your comments. Please know they are well received and appreciated. I know good advice when I see it.

      Peace and blessings to you and your house.

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      John Harper 

      8 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Good hub, from a technical viewpoint you could probably raise it's score with a few more pictures of the war and a bit more backing text.

      It may be worth review, (we can always add to hubs, and when you do it also raises the Google searchbot profile as any addition gets noted, even this comment) because those of us old enough to remember the six day war are content, but for younger readers, more info could make it more realistic to them.

      Apologies, not being critical for the sake of it, I spent years editing and typesetting, so it's just something I do, feel free to ignore or delete this post, just trying to help!

      Thanks for being here!

      John

    • TJBaruch profile imageAUTHOR

      TJBaruch 

      8 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      I will happily catch a few of your hubs, Grace. But to state Israel is "THE" key to end times? That is something I am not willing to do for I'm a witness only and not an espert on scripture. I will speak only what I know and I know nothing about that.

      Looking forward to catching your hubs. Peace and blessings to you this day.

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      Unchained Grace 

      8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      TJ, Would you be willing to state Israel is the key to end times? If so, what would your supporting scripture be? The 6 Day War was a turning point and a critical part of Israel's history. I knew a few people who did some work over there, so that's how it caught my interest. Care to drop by and catch a few of my Hubs? They're just laying around at the moment. Sipping Margueritas and waiting on TJBaruch.

    • TJBaruch profile imageAUTHOR

      TJBaruch 

      8 years ago from Clearwater, FL

      Thank you Donnaisabella. I enjoy your hubs!

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      Donaisabella 

      8 years ago from Fort Myers

      You write so well. I heard an account about how Israel won the 6-day war so I was curious to hear your story. Thanks for sharing. In God's economy, there are no mistakes I believe. Be blessed.

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