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The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973The USSR's Military Intervention  in the Egyptian-Israeli Conflict$
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Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190693480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190693480.001.0001

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“Yellow Arab Helmet, Blue Russian Eyes”

“Yellow Arab Helmet, Blue Russian Eyes”

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The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973

Isabella Ginor

Gideon Remez

Oxford University Press

Nasser’s visit to Moscow in July 1968 was extended for medical examination at the Kremlin VIP clinic and, after a brief trip home, for treatment at a spa in Soviet Georgia. His talks resulted in reaffirmation of Soviet support for military action and continued arms supplies on favorable terms. On the Suez Canal front, Soviet advisers were involved in preparations to resume hostilities. These began with a massive cannonade and cross-canal raids on 8 September 1968, repeated on 26 October, both times causing serious Israeli casualties. The Soviet advisors identified and counteracted a new Israeli missile designed to balance the Egyptian numerical advantage in artillery pieces Rumors spread of an impending Soviet move to force an opening of the canal. Israel responded by starting airborne raids in the Egyptian hinterland. Various explanations are offered for the proximity of this flareup to the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Keywords:   Gamal Abdel Nasser, Evgeny Chazov, War of Attrition, Suez Canal, Soviet helicopter carrier Moskva, Czechoslovakia, Zeev missile

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