The Lion's Gate

The Lion's Gate

On the Front Lines of the Six-Day War

Book - 2014
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"June 5, 1967. The fearsome, Soviet-equipped Egyptian Army and its 1000 tanks are massed on Israel's southern border. Meanwhile, the Syrian Army is shelling the much smaller nation from the north. And to the east, Jordan and Iraq are moving brigades and fighter squadrons into position to attack. Egypt's President Nasser has declared that the Arab world's goal is no less than "the destruction of Israel." June 10, 1967. The combined Arab armies are in ruins, their air forces totally destroyed. Israel's citizen-soldiers have seized the Gaza Strip and the entire Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the Golan Heights from Syria, East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan. The land under Israeli control has tripled. The charismatic, eye-patch wearing Defense Minister Moshe Dayan has barreled through the Lion's Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, meeting up with a gang of paratroopers who have already raised the blue and white flag that frames the Star of David. How on earth did this happen? Only Steven Pressfield could get the real story from the fighter jocks in the air, the tank commanders through the sand, and the infantrymen on the ground. Through more than 300 hours of interviews conducted in Israel, he has written a gripping chronicle of the six days that changed the Middle East forever. He also captures the universal experience of individual soldiers compelled to stare down mortal fear and move headlong into a firestorm"-- Provided by publisher.
"We are being bullied, my father said, and the only way to handle a bully is to punch him in the face. "What would you do?" I asked. "Strike now. As soon as possible. Meet the enemy straight-up and destroy him. There is no other way." -YAEL DAYAN, daughter of Moshe Dayan, to Steven Pressfield June 5, 1967. The nineteen-year-old state of Israel is surrounded by enemies who want nothing less than her utter extinction. The Soviet-equipped Egyptian Army has massed a thousand tanks on the nation's southern border. Syrian heavy guns are shelling her from the north. To the East, Jordan and Iraq are moving mechanized brigades and fighter squadrons into position to attack. Egypt's President Nasser has declared that the Arab force's objective is "the destruction of Israel." The rest of the world turns a blind eye to the new nation's desperate peril. June 10, 1967. The Arab armies have been routed, ground divisions wiped out, air forces totally destroyed. Israel's citizen-soldiers have seized the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the Golan Heights from Syria, East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan. The land under Israeli control has tripled. Her charismatic defense minister, Moshe Dayan, has entered the Lion's Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem to stand with the paratroopers who have liberated Judaism's holiest site-the Western Wall, part of the ruins of Solomon's temple, which has not been in Jewish hands for nineteen hundred years. It is one of the most unlikely and astonishing military victories in history. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with veterans of the war-fighter and helicopter pilots, tank commanders and Recon soldiers, paratroopers, as well as women soldiers, wives, and others-bestselling author Steven Pressfield tells the story of the Six Day War as you've never experienced it before: in the voices of the young men and women who battled not only for their lives but for the survival of a Jewish state, and for the dreams of their ancestors. By turns inspiring, thrilling, and heartbreaking, The Lion's Gate is both a true tale of military courage under fire and a journey into the heart of what it means to fight for one's people"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Sentinel,, [2014]
ISBN: 9781595230911
1595230912
Characteristics: xii, 430 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

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SEBoiko
Nov 18, 2014

...., Jeremiah 1; out of the north, an evil comes.

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SEBoiko
Nov 18, 2014

In war soldiers perform feats of valor of which they never, before they do them, believed themselves capable.

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SEBoiko
Nov 18, 2014

The Arab intellectual is the loneliest man on earth, for he is trapped in the void between reason and faith.

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SEBoiko
Nov 18, 2014

To the Arab; honor is all.

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SEBoiko
Nov 08, 2014

We looked death in the eye, but death did not look away. He took as many of us as he wanted.

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SEBoiko
Oct 16, 2014

I would rather have to rein in the over eager warhorse than to prod the reluctant mule.

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SEBoiko
Oct 16, 2014

The IDF and IAF have been built upon the principles of speed, aggression, and audacity.

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SEBoiko
Oct 16, 2014

This will be a war of extermination and momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongol massacres and the Crusades.

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thepudman
Aug 27, 2015

An excellent story that uses little snippets of events from different persons' points of view. Educational and lets the reader know how hard the Israelis had to fight. Includes perspectives from Generals to Privates. Highly recommended.

DoryAbelman Aug 05, 2015

Truly an excellent read. This book tells the story of the Six Day War, and partially also of the '48 War of Independence and '56 Suez War, in much detail from different points of view - all in first person tense from people on the front or leading the action. This makes for an exhilarating, interesting, inspiring, exciting, and emotionally powerful read that is hard to put down. The reader feels as they are with "A" company of Battalion 71 as they enter the old city of Jerusalem, a fighter pilot in Operation Moked as they fly over the Delta, and a tank commander pursuing El Arish through the Jiradi Pass. A reader will also learn much about the history of Israel, the country's culture, and international politics.

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SEBoiko
Nov 08, 2014

A nation is born in blood and purchases with blood its right to stand in the ranks with other nations.

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