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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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Fighting for Sadat, October 1970–August 1971

Fighting for Sadat, October 1970–August 1971

(p.155) Five Fighting for Sadat, October 1970–August 1971
The Limits of Detente

Craig Daigle

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the death of Gamal Abdel Nasser and the accession to power of his successor, Anwar el-Sadat, in September 1970, which marked a change in the landscape of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Nasser's sudden death opened the door for Egypt to move in an entirely new direction. Although his successor was very much a product of Nasser's pan-Arab movement and had served Nasser loyally for more than twenty years, Sadat had a far different vision of Egypt's role in the world. An ardent nationalist, Sadat detested the vast Soviet military presence inside Egypt that Nasser had cultivated, and he saw no reason for his country to maintain a hostile attitude toward the United States. He later told Secretary of State William P. Rogers that “There's no reason why the Arabs should be closely aligned to the Soviet Union. My people like the West better.”

Keywords:   pan-Arab movement, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar el-Sadat, Arab-Israeli conflict, nationalist, hostile attitude, United States, William P. Rogers

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