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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 First Soviet Threat, January–May 1970

The First Soviet Threat, January–May 1970

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(p.83) Three The First Soviet Threat, January–May 1970
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The Limits of Detente
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Craig Daigle

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300167139.003.0004

This chapter discusses the Israeli air attacks on Egypt that began in January 1970. At a glance, the attacks were just a continuation of the cycle of violence that had resumed in July 1969, and only further indication of Israel's vast air superiority in the Middle East. The attacks, however, marked a distinct change in Israel's military strategy in the War of Attrition. In the ten months since Nasser had formally declared war on Israel, the Israeli government had confined its counter bombardments to the area around the Suez Canal, fearing that to strike deep inside Egypt ran the risk of drawing Soviet intervention and would alienate support in Washington while Israel anxiously awaited Nixon's response to a request for twenty-five more Phantoms and one hundred additional Skyhawks.

Keywords:   cycle of violence, Israeli air attacks, Egypt, air superiority, Middle East, War of Attrition

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