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50 Years On, U.S. Presidents Still Seek Elusive Peace To A 6-Day War

With Arab armies massed on its frontiers, Israel unleashed a lightning strike on June 5, 1967. Donald Trump is now the 10th president seeking a lasting solution to that brief war.

The guns had just gone silent in the Arab-Israeli war of 1967 when U.S. President Lyndon Johnson jumped in to play the role of peacemaker. Just 11 days after the Six-Day War, Johnson went to the State Department and laid out a plan.

"Our country is committed to a peace that is based on five principles," Johnson told a hall packed with American diplomats.

His principles were broad. They included "justice for the refugees," "limits on the wasteful and destructive arms race" and "political independence and territorial integrity for all."

Johnson's proposals didn't go very far, but he established the tradition of U.S. presidents attempting to broker a lasting peace to a seismic

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