This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War of June 1967, which resulted in Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights. As time has passed and the occupation has become an increasingly permanent reality, the question remains as to why peace has continued to be unattainable for Israel. Many claim that even the June 1967 War was a direct consequence of Israel's inability or unwillingness to accept the comprises that peace requires. On Monday, the 4th of June, 2007, we spoke with long-time Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery at his home in Tel Aviv. Mr. Avnery, who was born in Germany in 1923 and moved to Mandate Palestine at the age of ten, is an Israeli journalist and former Knesset member. We discussed his assessments of the political context before and after the '67 War, missed opportunities for negotiation during this period, his involvement in 1970 in an indirect communication between the Egyptian leader Gamel Abd-al-Nasser and the Israeli government, in which Nasser made clear that he was ready to make peace and establish both diplomatic and commercial relations with Israel, and finally, we spoke of the ongoing situation today on the eve of the war's anniversary.

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