March 5: Charles D. Smith on the United States and the 1967 Arab-Israeli War

The legacy of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War is still with us in the form of Security Council Resolution 242 and the continued Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights and the West Bank. In this presentation to the Washington History Seminar, Charles D. (Carl) Smith discussed the Johnson administration’s decisions before, during, and after the war. He traced the influences behind certain decisions including a rush to evade supposed commitments made prior to the war. He also presented new information regarding the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty.

Smith is Professor of Middle East History at the University of Arizona, where he has chaired the Department of Near Eastern Studies. He has published widely on modern Egypt and Arab-Israeli issues including Islam and the Search for Social Order in Egypt (1983) and Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the eighth edition of which is about to be published.

A webcast of his seminar is available at 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

The Washington History Seminar is a joint venture of the National History Center and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, supported by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.