How Did We Get Here?
A History of the Israel-Palestine Conflict

4. The 1967 War

This is the fourth of a series of eight lectures, sponsored by A Jewish Voice for Peace. This lecture was videotaped on Nov. 11, 2002. The lecturer is Joel Beinin, professor of middle east history at Stanford University.

About Joel Beinin

Professor of Middle East history at Stanford University. He is currently serving as the President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, and is also involved with the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP) and the Middle East Social and Cultural History Association.

His books include:


This is expanded from those events mentioned in the lecture, particularly including events from the British Mandate period (1920-48). The events of the 1947-49 war are representative but far from complete.


Historical Figures:

Suggested Readings

The website doesn't specify any recommended readings for this presentation, but Joel Beinin mentions the following books:

The following are useful books that we are familiar with and recommend:



The map on the left shows the demilitarized zones (DMZ) between Israel and Syria following their 1949 Armistice agreements. These zones were the scene of numerous border clashes between Israel and Syria leading up to the 1967 war. The water resources flowing into and out of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) were also a major source of conflict. The map on the right shows the territories that Israel seized during the 1967 War. One major goal of this war was for Israel to seize the Egyptian town of Sharm Esh-Sheikh, which overlooked the Straits of Tiran, a narrow passage from which Egypt could block shipping into the Israeli port of Eilat (at the southern tip of Israel).

Israel-Syria Demilitarized Zones 1949

Near East After June 1967 War