The anniversary of the Six Day War, which broke out 54 years ago this week, is an opportunity to revisit a constitutive moment in Israel’s settlement enterprise in the Occupied Territories: The affair that began with the Passover seder at Hebron’s Park Hotel in April 1968. The transcripts of a meeting between Minister of Defense Moshe Dayan and settler leaders in early June 1968 serve as another example of how false excuses, innuendo, and wordplay were employed by both the settlers and the security establishment from a very early stage in a bid to promote and legitimize the settlement enterprise.

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Meeting between Minister of Defense Moshe Dayan and Hebron settlers
June 5, 1968

The 295th plenum session of the sixth Knesset
June 12, in 1968