Israel has fought and won three major wars in its existence.
1947: On November 30 1947, Arab gunmen, in the first shots of the war, ambushed two Jewish buses near Petah Tikva, killing seven passengers.
1967: In May 1967 Jordan placed Jordanian forces under Egyptian command, and Iraq also joined the alliance, and Egypt mobilized its forces for an attack on Israel. In response to the apparent mobilization of its Arab neighbours, early on the morning of June 5, Israel staged a sudden preemptive air assault.
1973: On October 6, 1973, Egyptian and Syrian forces launched a coordinated attack against Israel on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.