The Sterile Armistice
This chapter examines the distinguishing characteristics of the armistice agreements signed by Israel with its neighbouring Arab states. The agreements signed at Rhodes were all temporary in character and they were tailored to meet the needs of a brief transition period. The armistices proved sterile because after the Rhodes conference Arab political activists and the Arab press started saying that this was only a truce and that the conflict continued. This reaction was triggered by an acute sense of frustration at the failure of Arab diplomacy and the widespread fear of Israeli expansionism.
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