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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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From Confrontation to Negotiation, January–September 1969

From Confrontation to Negotiation, January–September 1969

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(p.10) One From Confrontation to Negotiation, January–September 1969
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The Limits of Detente
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Craig Daigle

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DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300167139.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the third Arab-Israeli war that lasted only six days. In that brief period, however, the landscape of the Middle East changed forever. With its stunning victory over the Arabs, Israel now occupied territory three times its size. It conquered the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip from Egypt, seized the strategic Golan Heights from Syria, and secured the West Bank from Jordan, leaving the Old City of Jerusalem and its holy sites entirely under Israeli control, an event of “unimaginable significance” to the Israelis. For the first time since the establishment of the state, Jews could pray at the Western Wall, the last remnant of their holy Temple and their historic past. “We have returned to the holiest of our holy places, never to depart from it again,” said the charismatic, one-eyed major general Moshe Dayan, who served as Israel's defense minister during the war.

Keywords:   unimaginable significance, Arab-Israeli war, Middle East, Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip, Egypt, Moshe Dayan

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