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Introduction and Overview
Students are introduced to the main debate that they will investigate:
Interpretation 1: Israel was acting defensively. This was a pre-emptive strike against Arab armies who were about to invade her. Throughout the conflict Israel acted with admirable restraint.
Interpretation 2: Israel was acting aggressively. She deliberately misread the situation to justify launching a war of conquest and conducted her campaign mercilessly.
Interpretation 3: The war was the result of misunderstandings on both sides. The Arabs made aggressive statements against Israel, but this was just because it was expected, not because there was any real plan to attack Israel. However, Israel failed to realise this so both sides ended up in a war they did not want.
Events (850 years ago today): 1167 - Battle of Monte Porzio: A Roman army supporting Pope Alexander III is defeated by Christian of Buch and Rainald of Dassel.
Events (150 years ago today): 1867 - The Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867 ("the Compromise") is born through Act 12, which establishes the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Births (100 years ago today): 1917 - John F. Kennedy, American lieutenant and politician, 35th President of the United States (d. 1963)
Births (50 years ago today): 1967 - Noel Gallagher, English singer-songwriter and guitarist
Deaths (100 years ago today): 1917 - Kate Harrington, American poet and educator (b. 1831)
Commemorations:International Day of UN Peacekeepers
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