Over the course of the first year following the Six Day War, the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee discussed current affairs and strategic questions both in the committee forum itself, as well as with guest speakers, including government ministers and top military and police officials.

Part 1: Transcripts of June-October 1967 sessions. 

Among the topics discussed by the committee were the war itself, the establishment of settlements and policy in the OPT. Committee members heard briefings about the state of Jewish communities in Arab countries and the relationship between Israel and the USA, and discussed issues such as the disappearance of the Dakar submarine and the IDF operation in Karameh.

The transcripts of the committee’s classified sessions held between June 1967 and June 1968 are kept in six files at the Israel State Archive reading room in Jerusalem. One of the files seems to have been lost. It contains transcripts of 11 out of 61 meetings the committee held during that time. According to the former director of the Israel State Archive reading room, attempts to locate the file, A-8161/9, have been unsuccessful. In place of Transcript No. 79, the file contains a notice reading “missing”. Forty-nine transcripts remain and all are available here. Segments of some were censored at the time of declassification and again before their release here.


June 7, 1967
Transcript No. 65

Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting

June 13, 1967
Transcript No. 66

Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting

June 15, 1967
Transcript No. 67
Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting
A brief discussion but meeting postponed. Meanwhile memerbers leave to tour West Bank.

June 15, 1967
Transcript No. 68

Foreign Affairs Minister briefing

June 27, 1967
Transcript No. 69

Prime Minister's Briefing

June 28, 1967
Transcript No. 70

Situation in West Bank

July 4, 1967
Transcript No. 71

Briefing by Head of Military Intelligence

July 11, 1967
Transcript No. 72

Information on deliberations of the United Nations

July 16, 1967
Transcript No. 73

Incidents in Sinai

18 July, 1967
Transcript No. 74

- Riots against Jews in Arab countries
- Brief of developments at UN emergency session

July 25, 1967
Transcript No. 75

Col. Barzilai's review of the situation in Gaza Strip

August 8, 1967
Transcript No. 77

Briefings by Ambassadors Eitan, Herman, Najjar, Remez and Refael.

August 17, 1967
Transcript No. 78

Review by Avraham Ahituv, GSS representative

August 24, 1967
Transcript No. 80

Lessons from the Six Day War

September 5, 1967
Transcript No. 81

Review by Minister of Foreign Affairs

September 9, 1967
Transcript No. 82

Discussion of foreign minister briefing

September 19, 1967
Transcript No. 83

Discussions of lessons learned from the Six Day War

September 26, 1967
Transcript No. 84

Minister of Defense review of policy in the Administered Territories

October 3, 1967
Transcript No. 85

Lessons learned from the Six Day War

October 10, 1967
Transcript No. 86

Police report on activities of al-Fatah
Review by IDF Chief of Staff