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Palestine and the Consequences of the Suez Crisis, 1957–67

Camille Mansour and Leila Fawaz

in Transformed Landscapes

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162473
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970191 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162473.003.0013
Palestine and the Consequences of the Suez Crisis, 1957–67

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The moral commitment made by the British five decades earlier continued to cause anxiety. In the war of 1967, Israel emerged with territorial gains extending over all of former British Palestine. The consequences of the Balfour Declaration, especially to the British, continued to be painfully evident. Some of the underlying British goals were exactly the same as during the Suez crisis: the use of the canal and access to the oil resources of Iraq and the Gulf, whatever the fate of Gamal Abd al-Nasser. The outcome of the Suez crisis redefined the Palestine problem. Israel gained confidence in military superiority and a new status as a regional power. Contemporary judgments, however, can be misleading. It was the revolution in Iraq, not the Suez crisis, that catastrophically diminished British power, though assessments in 1958 were accurate in establishing the connection between the two landmark events.

Keywords: Israel; Suez; military superiority; Britain; Iraq

Chapter.  10704 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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