Secret History of the Six Day War
Ralph Nurnberger

EVENT DESCRIPTION: The problems afflicting Israelis and Palestinians today, as well as Israel's relations with all of its neighbors, can directly be attributed to the events of May and June 1967 that led up to the Six Day War between Israel and all of her Arab neighbors with the exception of Lebanon. This program on the "Secret History of the Six Day War" will cover the roots of that war as well as the fascinating series of events that led up to the fighting. Dr. Nurnberger's talk will document the misleading information provided by the Soviets to Anwar Sadat, which then led to the perception that Israel was planning to attack Syria. It will detail Abba Eban's secret mission to Washington to discuss the impending crisis and the reaction of the Johnson administration. It will cover Prime Minister Levi Eschkol's barely coherent radio address to the Israeli public and then Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin's near-mental breakdown during the days of crisis leading up to the war. It will analyze the behavior of Arab leaders including Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser and Jordanian King Hussein as they prepared for war and then how they reacted to defeat at the hands of Israel. As a result of the war, Israel more than tripled the size of its territory. United Nations Resolution 242 then set the stage for every peace proposal since 1967, including the negotiations currently underway seeking to resolve the core issues that are at the root of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Ralph Nurnberger is a Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University, where he has taught since 1975. He received the "Excellence in Teaching" award from the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003. His most recent course at Georgetown was a graduate seminar on the Arab-Israel conflict. He has lectured on numerous occasions for Florida Atlantic University's (FAU) Lifelong Learning Program.

Dr. Nurnberger has served on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC); and Director of Congressional Relations for the Bureau of Export Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He was the first Director of “Builders for Peace” which was established to assist the Middle East Peace Process through economic development. He has also advised numerous congressional, senatorial and presidential campaigns on foreign policy issues, especially those related to the Middle East.  He received his BA from Queens College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was captain of the Varsity Tennis Team.  He holds an MA from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University.

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
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