Britain and the Conflict in the Middle East, 1964-1967: The by Moshe Gat

By Moshe Gat

During this entire learn, Gat appears to be like at British coverage within the interval major as much as the Six-Day battle. even supposing Britain holds middle degree during this account, the examine discusses in a few aspect American coverage and its influence at the Arab-Israeli clash. It additionally makes a speciality of the center East water dispute, its effect on destiny occasions, and finally the outbreak of battle in 1967. this can be a interesting examine the method through which the center East turned yet one more chilly struggle playground.

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73 Eshkol did more than just proclaim Israel’s peaceful intentions. He embarked upon a diplomatic campaign designed to prove to the West that Israel genuinely Britain and the Middle East: Between Stability and Tension 19 sought peace. Of all the problems of the Arab-Israeli conflict that of the Palestinian refugees was perhaps the most tragic, complex and intractable. During the 1948 war, numerous Palestinians had either abandoned their homes or been expelled by Israeli forces. So far, all the efforts to resolve the refugee problem had met with little success.

During the 1948 war, numerous Palestinians had either abandoned their homes or been expelled by Israeli forces. So far, all the efforts to resolve the refugee problem had met with little success. By the early 1960s, there were about 750,000 Palestinian refugees scattered throughout the region. The vast majority lived in Jordan, but there were also numerous refugees in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. Most of the refugees were housed in temporary, poverty-stricken camps close to the border with Israel.

Despite Egypt’s ignominious defeat in the Suez War, the Arab states, and above all Egypt, were still as determined as ever to destroy the state of Israel. But, Nasser, fearful of Israel’s military might and adhering to his strategy of preparing very carefully for the final showdown with Israel, sought first to gain a strategic advance or, at the very least, balance, with Israel. He began to stockpile huge quantities of Soviet-made weapons. Only, thus, would Egypt avoid repeating the humiliating defeat of 1948 and crush Israel.

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