“A Famous Indiscretion” as the Air War Peaks

Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez

in The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973

Published in print August 2017 | ISBN: 9780190693480
Published online June 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780190943240 | DOI:
“A Famous Indiscretion” as the Air War Peaks

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Enraged by the Soviets’ introduction of military forces into Egypt, Henry Kissinger in June 1970 committed a “famous indiscretion” by stating as a strategic goal “to expel” this presence. This signaled to Moscow that Washington might accept a price for such a withdrawal, and marks the beginning of the ruse that would culminate in the deceptive “expulsion of Soviet advisers from Egypt” in July 1972 in return for US concessions in other areas of détente. Meanwhile, Soviet air activity caused the cessation of Israeli airborne raids and the SAM-3 batteries shot down a first Israeli Phantom on 30 June This occurred as Nasser arrived for another round of talks and medical treatment in the USSR; his hosts informed him of two more such shootdowns and offered further support. Discussions began about a US-backed ceasefire and overall peace plan, while US shipments of material to Israel were slowed.

Keywords: Gamal Abdel Nasser; Mohammed Heikal; Andrey Grechko; Henry Kissinger; Anatoly Dobrynin; William Rogers; Richard Nixon; SAM-3; F-4 Phantom

Chapter.  4767 words. 

Subjects: Middle Eastern History

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