By Moshe Gat
During this finished learn, Gat seems to be at British coverage within the interval prime as much as the Six-Day conflict. even though Britain holds heart degree during this account, the research discusses in a few element American coverage and its impression at the Arab-Israeli clash. It additionally makes a speciality of the center East water dispute, its impression on destiny occasions, and at last the outbreak of struggle in 1967. this can be a attention-grabbing examine the method in which the center East turned one more chilly conflict playground.
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56 Other than this mini-crisis, the Syrian-Israeli border clashes between 1956 and 1964 were all relatively minor and isolated affairs. A. ”57 Even if the Arab states, and, above all, Egypt, were prepared to go to war with Israel, recent events in the Arab world and the international arena served to ensure that the region would remain, for the present, peaceful. One such event was John Kennedy’s assumption of the presidency in January 1961. In marked contrast to his predecessor, President Eisenhower, Kennedy did not believe that nonalignment and Third World neutralism were necessarily or simply a guise for Soviet power and interests.
116 Not that Israel thought this a problem. As far as it was concerned, the demilitarized zone was sovereign Israeli territory. Moreover, as the project was of a purely civilian nature, designed to serve Israel’s economic needs, it no way contravened the cease-ﬁre accords. Syria took a very different view of things. No sooner had Israel began work on the project, than Syria lodged a complaint with General Benike, the Danish chief of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization, to the effect that Israel was violating the cease-ﬁre agreements.
69 In the autumn of 1963, Abba Eban, Israel’s deputy prime minister, when speaking to Britain’s ambassador to Israel, noted that “the Middle East situation looked a great deal less dangerous . . ”70 It was a view Britain would eventually come to share. Only a few months earlier, in the summer of 1963, Israel itself had experienced a momentous political event. In June 1963, Ben Gurion, Israel’s long serving, all-powerful prime minister, had ﬁnally resigned. Ben Gurion had been a towering ﬁgure in Israeli politics.