1967 Battles

“There is a difference between history and memory, especially group memory… Israel’s battle for survival in 1967 came to be seen by a whole generation… as something more than a remarkable military victory, and as something other than a miracle in the traditional sense. It became a symbol, an emblem of the new Jewish identity. Jews had been sentenced to death in the Shoah. Israel now came face to face with the spectre of a second holocaust at the hands of its hostile neighbours. But the Jewish people survived. Indeed, that was our fate. Jews are the people who are threatened but who survive.”

Will We Have Jewish Grandchildren?, p. 66