The Keystone in the Arch
This chapter examines inter-Arab relations within the context of the Anglo-Egyptian dispute. It demonstrates that the attempt by Cairo to use the Arab League—which it dominated—as an instrument against Britain led to the formation of two blocs in the Middle East, known as the Turco-Hashimite Entente (Iraq, Jordan, Turkey) and the Triangle Alliance (Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia). The alliance led by Egypt sought to oust the British from their role as the predominant military power in the Middle East, and it sought to contain, if not weaken, Jordan and Iraq, both of which harbored plans to expand at the expense of Syria and Palestine.
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