By Moshe Gat
During this complete examine, Gat appears at British coverage within the interval major as much as the Six-Day battle. even though Britain holds heart level during this account, the research discusses in a few aspect American coverage and its impact at the Arab-Israeli clash. It additionally makes a speciality of the center East water dispute, its effect on destiny occasions, and at last the outbreak of struggle in 1967. it is a interesting examine the method during which the center East turned another chilly struggle playground.
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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. The Israeli government had always been willing to discuss and resolve the refugee problem. But Israel rejected the proposition that the refugee problem could be treated in isolation from the Arab-Israeli conﬂict as a whole. It insisted that any solution to the problem must be formulated in the context of direct negotiations between Israel and the Arab states; these negotiations would eventually lead to an overall peace settlement.
This was despite the fact that according to the cease-ﬁre agreement the lake, including an area of 10 meters along its eastern shore, was under Israeli sovereignty. Unlike Syria, Israel was not prepared to leave the status of the demilitarized zone hanging in the air until the conclusion of a peace agreement, especially as none appeared forthcoming. Accordingly, it set out to settle the issue of sovereignty unilaterally, on its own terms. 53 Syria, naturally, refused to take this lying down, and the result was frequent exchanges of ﬁre between Syria and Israel.
It was especially worried about the Soviet Union’s growing ties with Egypt, not the least as its own relationship with Egypt was becoming increasingly shaky. Indeed, by 1962, tension between the United States and Egypt had reached new heights. The Americans considered the increase of Soviet inﬂuence and the rise in Egyptian-American tension as constituting two sides of the same coin. Owing to the massive injection of Soviet arms, Egypt had become the spearhead of Soviet expansion in the Middle East—an expansion that took place largely at the expense of the West.
Britain and the Conflict in the Middle East, 1964-1967: The Coming of the Six-Day War by Moshe Gat