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The Limits of DetenteThe United States, the Soviet Union, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1969-1973$
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Craig Daigle

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300167139

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300167139.001.0001

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The Limits of Detente

Craig Daigle

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the war between Israel, Egypt, and Syria, and what led to this surprising turn of events. Shortly past 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, 1973, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern and African affairs, Joseph J. Sisco, received an urgent message. It was from the American ambassador in Israel, former senator Kenneth Keating, and it warned him that Egyptian and Syrian troop movements, which had earlier been perceived by Israel and the United States as routine military exercises, had “suddenly taken a threatening turn.” According to Israeli prime minister Golda Meir, her government had received from “totally reliable sources” information that Syria and Egypt were planning a coordinated attack against Israel to begin later that afternoon and that Soviet naval vessels had been seen departing from Egyptian ports, a clear signal that Moscow had decided to get out of the way of the pending strike.

Keywords:   war, Israel, Egypt, Syria, Joseph J. Sisco, Kenneth Keating, Golda Meir, Moscow

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