McMaster Urges Contemporary Lessons from Israel's "Seized Initiative" in 1967 Six-Day War

(Defense News) Barbara Opall-Rome - On the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War, U.S. national security adviser H.R. McMaster told a conference of the American Jewish Committee: "In June 1967, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) saw that Egyptian divisions, so formidable on paper, were built up along the major roads through the Sinai. Israel saw the spaces between them as gaps to be exploited. They seized and retained the initiative." McMaster asserted that opportunities must be found and exploited, much like Israel did in 1967. "In this department, Israel has adapted and performed amazingly well. It acted on opportunities, when others might only see difficulties." At the start of that war, "the very survival of the Jewish State was in jeopardy." Nevertheless, "Israel's leaders and warriors saw past immediate danger" to exploit opportunities. "That creativity and ingenuity should apply to us today on and off the battlefields."

2017-06-13 00:00:00

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