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LBJ's Other War

Jeremy Salt

in The Unmaking of the Middle East

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255517
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934757 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255517.003.0011
LBJ's Other War

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This chapter describes the events leading to the 1967 war between Israel and Egypt. It discusses Israel's frequent threat of launching pre-emptive strikes against Arab targets and Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser's receipt of a false Soviet report that Israel was amassing troops near the Syrian border. The chapter suggests that the cause of this crisis was the not the withdrawal of the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) stationed along the armistice line but the unresolved Arab–Israeli conflict. It highlights the role of the United States in this conflict.

Keywords: war; Israel; Egypt; pre-emptive strikes; Arab targets; Gamal Abdel Nasser; UNEF; Arab-Israeli conflict; United States

Chapter.  12601 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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