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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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“We Can’t Control the Arabs but Must Support Them”

“We Can’t Control the Arabs but Must Support Them”

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(p.305) 27 “We Can’t Control the Arabs but Must Support Them”
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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/9780190693480.003.0027

In early November 1972, the US presidential election and the announcement of a breakthrough in peace negotiations for Vietnam had mixed effects on the Middle astern situation. An upsurge in US bombings in Vietnam before the (deceptive) peace was concluded was mirrored by a brief war scare on the Egyptian-Israeli front. The numerous shootdowns of US bombers by Soviet SAMs over Vietnam was held up as an example to the Soviet advisers in Egypt. Once reelected, Nixon declared intent replace Kissinger in handling Arab-Israeli relations and to press Israel for concessions, but Nixon’s increasing embroilment in Watergate prevented any weakening of Kissinger’s position or policy. A Soviet military delegation to Egypt, headed by General Petr Lashchenko, who had originated the plan for a cross-canal offensive, was presented as discussing peace plans but in effect coordinated weapons supplies, including offensive systems that had supposedly been withheld, such as long-range bombers and Scud missiles. Further secret talks between Soviet and Israeli officials yielded no progress toward normalization.

Keywords:   Vietnam, 1972 US election, Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Watergate, Petr Lashchenko, Ahmed Ismail, Hafez Ismail, Sagger missile, Scud missile

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