||The story of the relations between President Johnson, Israel and American Jewry demonstrates the Vietnam War's unintended, and heretofore unexplored, strategic and ideological consequences. The US focus on Asia left its Atlantic front open to Soviet penetration. Israel resisted US pressure to plant its flag in Saigon, American liberal rabbis led the peace movement, and Lyndon Johnson publicly threatened to withdraw his support from Israel. The Palestinians embarked on their own Vietnamese-inspired 'people's war', and Moscow insisted that Israeli retaliation represented support for American policy in Vietnam by stoking the Middle Eastern fires. The Six Day War challenged US strategy in Vietnam, linked the terms of settlement of the two conflicts, and turned Israel into a Soviet nuclear target and Soviet Jewry into hostages. This split the Left and led some Jewish intellectuals, later known as neo-conservatives, to remount the anti-Communist barricades.
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||This study demonstrates that the Six Day War, which transformed the Middle East, split the left and gave birth to Neo-conservatism, was an unintended consequence of the Vietnam War. In 1967 Moscow created a Middle Eastern crisis in response to Washington's escalation in Vietnam. America's Asian focus had left her Atlantic vulnerable to Soviet penetration. Israel refused to plant her flag in Saigon, American rabbis led the peace movement and the President threatened to withdraw his support from Israel. The Palestinians embarked on a Vietnamism-inspired "people's war," and Moscow interpreted Israeli retaliation as support for US policy in Vietnam. This Six Day War turned Israel into a Soviet nuclear target and transformed some liberals into Neo-conservatives.