ISRAEL - JUNE 1, 1967: Israeli army's Southern Command General Ariel Sharon, C, arrives by helicopter with Generals Haim Bar-Lev, and Yishayahu Gavish, at an army base days before the June 5 start of the Six-Day War, June 1, 1967 in the Negev Desert in southern Israel.

ISRAEL - JUNE 1, 1967: Israeli army's Southern Command General Ariel Sharon, C, arrives by helicopter with Generals Haim Bar-Lev, and Yishayahu Gavish, at an army base days before the June 5 start of the Six-Day War, June 1, 1967 in the Negev Desert in southern Israel.

If the ongoing conflict in the Middle East confuses you, then the Six Day War 50 years ago is a good place to start to gain an understanding. During this conflict, Israel came to occupy East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip defeating the armed forces of Egypt, Jordan and Syria.

Why is the Six Day War so important and why does it still impact relations in the region today?

Guests

  • Shibley Telhami Professor of peace and development at the University of Maryland and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; author of "The World Through Arab Eyes: Arab Public Opinion and the Reshaping of the Middle East"
  • Ethan Bronner Senior editor at Bloomberg News; former Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times and Boston Globe
  • Shai Feldman Director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University; former director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University; co-author of "Arabs and Israelis: Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East"

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