The name “Six-Day Dar” instantly conjures up Israel’s lightning victory over Syria, Jordan and Egypt in 1967. However, if some citizens had had their way, Israelis could instead be marking the 46th anniversary of the War of the Boulders this week.
According to a report in Yedioth Ahronoth, there are several letters in the IDF archives at the Defense Ministry which propose various civilian suggestions for the name of the war.
Avraham Avromov, a Tel Aviv attorney, told Yedioth that he has no recollection of a letter he sent to then prime minister Levi Eshkol suggesting a non time-bound name for the war.
“The six-day war has ended and has yet to be given a name,” Avromov wrote. “I suggest the name ‘Shai War’ because Shai (Hebrew letters shin yod) is the acronym for ‘six days’ (Sheshet Yamim) and for the shai (gift) that the IDF has given to the State of Israel.”
And someone by the name of Lidor wrote to the late defense minister Moshe Dayan suggesting the name “Kol Hakavod,” which translates as “way to go.”
“Kol Hakavod to the IDF, its soldiers and commanders … for bringing a quick victory over our enemies,” he wrote. “Kol Hakavod to the government of Israel, and the people of Israel, and all of the Jews of the Diaspora for the unity and dedication during our nation’s hour of need.”
Other suggestions sent to Eshkol, Dayan, then-IDF chief of the General Staff Yitzhak Rabin and General Mordechai (Motta) Gur — whose division captured and reunited the divided city of Jerusalem — included the following: the “War of Cinerama” (both a technique of moviemaking and an incorporation of words Sinai and Ramah — Golan Heights — which were the southern and northern borders of victory); the War of Redemption; and the War of the Boulders, which invoked the battlefields of victory as well as the acronym (Sela’im) for Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Egypt.