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lecture series 'Conflict in the 20th Century' begins

The Arab-Israeli wars open the series, given by Francisco Cancio, an expert in military affairs.

06 | 10 | 2021

With the lecture "The Arab-Israeli conflict between 1948 and 1967", on 6 October the lecture series "Conflict in the 20th Century" began, given by Francisco Cancio, corresponding academician of the Royal Spanish Academy of the Sea and author of the book "Amendment. A review of the Argentine cause and actions in the Falklands War".

Throughout this first session, speaker referred to the historical roots of the State of Israel, with a special emphasis on the birth of the Zionist movement in the 19th century and the chain of events that culminated in the adoption of Resolution 181 of the United Nations General Assembly, the declaration of the State of Israel in Tel-Aviv on 14 May 1948, and the immediate declaration of Arab war on the newly created state.

The analysis of the three wars that took place in the period under consideration - the Warof Independence ( 1948), the Suez War (1956) and the Six-Day War (1967) - highlighted aspects such as the military superiority demonstrated by the Israel Defense Forces in all three armed confrontations, and President Nasser's pretensions to make Egypt the leader of the Arab world. Finally, and as a bridge to the second lecture of the cycle, Cancio referred to the role that the major defeat inflicted by Israel on the combined Arab forces in 1967 played in the gestation of the next episode of war in the Arab-Israeli confrontation: the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

The lecture series "Conflict in the 20th century" continues in November with a session dedicated to the Arab-Israeli conflict from 1967 to the present day, and at the beginning of the year with lectures on the Cold War, the Falklands War and, finally, a look at the Iraq War of 2003, now in the 21st century.