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The Six-Day War
Music: Ignaz Moscheles
The USSR tried to draw Israel into the Cold War with the West, but Israel proved it could take care of itself.

IN May 1967, Egypt’s President Gamal Abdel Nasser began massing troops on the Israeli border, apparently acting on misinformation from the USSR. He also expelled a UN peacekeeping force from the Sinai Peninsula, and closed the Straits of Tiran, denying access to the Red Sea.

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The Jerusalem Temple
Music: George Frideric Handel
The story of the once magnificent Temple in Jerusalem, the city God chose for Israel’s capital.

THE first Temple in Jerusalem was founded in 957 BC upon a hill in the heart of his capital by King Solomon, son of the legendary King David, and painstakingly patterned after a heavenly sanctuary glimpsed by Moses himself on the cloud-capped summit of Mount Sinai some three hundred years before.

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British Mandatory Palestine
Music: Charles Villiers Stanford
The British had some difficulty fulfilling all the promises made to their wartime Allies.

COLONEL Lawrence promised the Arab royalty who allied with Britain against Turkey in the Great War a united, pan-Arab kingdom in place of Ottoman Syria.

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Lawrence of Arabia
Music: Maurice Jarre
TE Lawrence persuaded Arab rebels to help overthrow the Ottoman Empire, but could not give them the independent Kingdom they craved.

DURING the Great War, the British sent Thomas Edward Lawrence, a Welsh army intelligence officer and expert on the Middle East, to work alongside Arab leaders smarting at Turkish domination.

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The Arab-Israeli War
The newly-minted state of Israel’s Arab neighbours tried to prevent it taking shape, but ended up defining it.

WHEN the British Mandate for Palestine, a temporary arrangement created by the San Remo Conference of 1920, expired at midnight on May 13th, 1948, the United Nations honoured Britain’s long-standing commitment and recognised a sovereign State of Israel, plainly reflecting British political values, in a thin strip of land between the Jordan and the sea.

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The Suez Crisis
Music: John Field
An Egypt independent of British rule humiliated her old colonial mistress, but began to slide into despotism.

IN 1956, Britain and America withdrew an offer to fund the building of the Aswan Dam on the River Nile, as a warning to Egypt over the country’s drift towards communist Russia and China. Egypt’s President, Gamal Abdel Nasser, announced in response that he would nationalise the Suez Canal, hitherto an international partnership.

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