Fifty-one years ago today, at 7:45 in the morning, Israel launched Operation Moked, dispatching nearly 200 of its jets to bomb Egypt’s airfield, destroying 338 aircraft and killing dozens of pilots. Thus began the Six-Day War, which changed the course of Israeli history and the entire Middle East forever.

To commemorate this anniversary, Tablet will feature a series of articles about the war’s long-term consequences, some devastating and some thrillingly unexpected, from the rise of extreme right-wing activist Baruch Marzel to the thriving community of Arab high-tech entrepreneurs.

Click here throughout the week for more pieces in the series, as we take a different look at the war and its aftermath.