Section 4: Politics By Other Means
There exist many contentious topics in the world, but relatively few of them relate to the mere existence of a nation-state. Israel, a newcomer on the stage of world politics, inspires just such debate. In fact, the contention has been so strong that Israel has fought several wars just to maintain its survival. Among the numerous factors playing into these conflicts, religious differences, national pride, and ethnic tension all play vital roles. This paper, however, intends to focus on one war in particular, the Six-Day War, and the impact territory made in bringing the war to a head. While the former factors all contributed to the escalation of the conflict, the author posits territorial factors such as strategic geography, symbolically important locations, and resources exacerbated the clash between Israel and her neighbors.