[Cartoon above is: “Israel is attempting to achieve balance of power with the Arabs. The Arab reply: This will be the only balance.” Egyptian review, Roz-el-Yussef, February 14, 1966.]
Anti-Israel cartoons have been gracing the pages of Arab newspapers and magazines for decades, their popularity rising every time there is a game-changing event in the Israeli-Arab relations.
But prior to the Six Day War in 1967, the depiction of Jews in traditional Middle Eastern anti-Semitism was as a nation that was weak and cowardly. This was a theme in traditional Muslim views of Jews, reinforced by the teachings of modern European anti-Semitism.
As a result, the Arab masses expected Israel to fall and the Jews to be massacred without too much trouble. Israel's military performance in the previous two Arab-Israeli wars was discounted by the invented claims that it was European powers that had assisted the Jews in these conflicts.