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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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Ceasefire Violation Seals a Strategic Gain

Ceasefire Violation Seals a Strategic Gain

(p.199) 17 Ceasefire Violation Seals a Strategic Gain
The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973

Isabella Ginor

Gideon Remez

Oxford University Press

The ceasefire that ostensibly ended the War of Attrition went into effect at midnight between 7 and 8 August 1970. Within minutes, the standstill provision that the US initiative had stipulated was broken by Soviet and Egyptian advancement of SAM batteries to the Suez Canal bank. US inspection flights by U-2 spy planes began too late to document the violation, and the Soviets rejected American protests. Israel responded by suspending compliance with the rest of Rogers’s peace plan, including UN mediation – leaving the United States with little benefit but the Soviets with a major gain. However, for domestic consumption Israel declared victory, which limited effective countering of the increased threat. Nasser’s death the following month and his unexpected succession by Anwar Sadat led to doubts about continuing dependence on Moscow.

Keywords:   War of Attrition, Suez Canal, SAM-3, U-2, Gunnar Jarring, William Rogers, Henry Kissinger, Moshe Dayan, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar Sadat

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