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The Six Day War: A Fifty-Year Retrospective – Co-presented by the Anti-Defamation League and the LBJ Presidential Library


The Six Day War was a watershed event with lasting implications for the Middle East, the Jewish community and the world at large. This symposium will examine the tensions which led to the outbreak of the conflict in June 1967, the American response by President Lyndon Johnson and the impact still being felt today.

2-3 pm — Six Days that Shook the World: The War and How it Began
What were the forces that led to the emergence of this conflict? What was the impact of the Cold War? These questions will be examined from the perspectives of Israelis, the Palestinians and the wider Arab world.

Introductory Remarks: Lynda Johnson Robb

Dr. Anita Shapira, Professor Emerita, Tel Aviv University; Founder, Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Kenneth W. Stein, Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israeli Studies, Emory University

3-4 pm — Commander-In-Chief: LBJ and the American Response
With the outbreak of hostilities on 5 June, 1967, President Lyndon Baines Johnson was faced with a crisis to manage. Already consumed with the war in Vietnam, Johnson now had to prevent a direct confrontation with the Soviet Union, played out on the Israeli-Arab battlefield.

Introductory Remarks: Luci Baines Johnson

Joseph A. Califano Jr., President Johnson’s Assistant for Domestic Affairs from 1965 to 1969
Mark Updegrove, Director, LBJ Presidential Library

4-5 pm — Lasting Effects: How the War Transformed the Middle East
The 1967 Six Day War altered the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East, and its aftermath has defined the contours of the Arab-Israeli conflict and peacemaking ever since. How has the legacy of the war shaped U.S. diplomacy and efforts to negotiate an end to the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts?

Ambassador Dennis Ross, Counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Hussein Ibish, Senior Resident Scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute
Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich, former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and President, Israel Institute