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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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Sadat Proves his Stability and Loyalty

Sadat Proves his Stability and Loyalty

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(p.213) 18 Sadat Proves his Stability and Loyalty
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The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973
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Isabella Ginor

Gideon Remez

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190693480.003.0018

The U-2 deployment to monitor the ceasefire along the Suez Canal accelerated Soviet preparations to deploy the USSR’s most advanced and yet-experimental aircraft, later known as the MiG-25 or Foxbat, which was unmatched for speed and ceiling. This, and increased supplies of Soviet weapons, was facilitated by the moves of Nasser’s successor in the Egyptian presidency, Anwar Sadat, to cement his loyalty to and dependence on Soviet support despite putting out early feelers toward Washington. With Soviet backing, he resorted to brinkmanship by delaying renewal of the ceasefire and limiting duration of the next term. Conversely, Egyptian SAM crews began to return from training in the USSR and taking over the missile systems from the Soviets, which enabled the latter to consider withdrawal and demands for US reciprocation. The withdrawal was also motivated by the politically unpopular high profile of Soviet dependents and furloughed servicemen in Egyptian cities.

Keywords:   U-2, MiG-25, Anwar Sadat, Ahmed Ismail, Donald Bergus, Vladimir Vinogradov, SAM-3, Operation Kavkaz

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