50 years today since the start of the 1967 Middle East War

After its victory, Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights.

The military conflict began when Israel on June 5 launched a sudden pre-emptive airstrike that destroyed almost all of the Egyptian air force on the ground. The Israeli army then rapidly pushed back the rest of the Arab forces.

“Certainly,” Johnson proclaimed, “troops must be withdrawn; but there must also be recognized rights of national life, progress in solving the refugee problem, freedom of innocent maritime passage, limitation of the arms race, and respect for political independence and territorial integrity.”

Israel evacuated its settlements in the Sinai Peninsula in 1979 and in the Gaza Strip in 2005 after peace negotiations.

ABC News' Molly Hunter contributed to this report.