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The Unmaking of the Middle EastA History of Western Disorder in Arab Lands$
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Jeremy Salt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520255517

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520255517.001.0001

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LBJ's Other War

LBJ's Other War

10. LBJ's Other War
The Unmaking of the Middle East

Jeremy Salt

University of California Press

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

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