On the morning of June 5, 1967, the Israeli Air Force launched a surprise strike on Arab military airfields and destroyed over 450 aircraft.

By June 10, Israel had occupied East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the entire Sinai Peninsula and the Syrian Golan Heights, ushering in decades of occupation, and changing forever the political landscape of the Middle East.

The Israelis claim that the strike was pre-emptive, that it was forced upon them to prevent an attack by the war-hungry Arabs.

However there is compelling evidence that the Israeli attack - Operation Focus - was in fact planned.

In Operation Focus Al Jazeera tells the story of that fateful morning, and uncovers the real reasons why Israel went to war.

Operation Focus aired from 05 June 2007

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