1970 – War of Attrition

By Ben Geller (Boger, Madrich and Drachimnik)

The year 1970 marked the end of the War of Attrition fought between Israel and Egypt. The war was sparked by Egyptian President, Gamal Nassar, who attempted to reclaim the Sinai Peninsula from Israel, that was captured during the Six Day War. The War of Attrition was unique in Israeli history as most of it was conducted through ‘static fighting’ as no territory was conquered or relinquished. The war proved drawn out, bloody and inconclusive claiming the lives of over 1,400 Israeli soldiers and around 10,000 Egyptian fatalities. Following the introduction of Golda Meir as Prime Minister after Levi Eshkol’s sudden death, the war was concluded after American intervention.