Did Israel actually want to conquer the entire West Bank in 1967 or was it aiming for less?

Futurist

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May 2014
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Did Israel actually want to conquer the entire West Bank in 1967 or was it aiming for less and only went for the entire West Bank after Jordan actually (and unexpectedly) retreated from there?
 

Ichon

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Mar 2013
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Israel aimed to completely capture Jerusalem and to be able to defend it but was worried that heavy fighting that damaged religious landmarks could turn opinion against it so that meant a wider attack to force the enemy to withdraw or be cut-off. The entire collapse of the Jordanian army and the ineffectiveness of the Syrians was not anticipated by either side and things simply escalated due to military expediency where the front commanders when they realized the scale of the Jordanian collapse wanted to advance past Jericho and even cross the Jordan river.

The easier than expected advance was greatly aided by the destruction of most of the Syrian and Jordanian Air Forces on their runways which was a symptom of poor leadership. Many of the officers were promoted based on political loyalties and the Arab units which fought hardest tended to be the reservists and the units where the ranking officers fled early and lower-ranked officers took command.

Golan Heights was a more interesting question as the military and political tensions around attacking despite UN ceasefire were quite intense.
 
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