Israeli-Arab conflict 9: War of Attrition

Miscellaneous silveraaron December 8, 2016 0 1
After the Six Day War kept going hostilities of the Arabs against Israel. Along the Suez Canal were bloody artillery battles fought between Israel and Egypt. President Nixon was trying to reach a cease-fire. The Lubavitcher Rebbe warned against any agreement because a cease-fire with Egypt could be used to get prepared for the next war. And who knows how many deaths would bring. This is the sequel to the article section 9: Aftereffects of the Six Day War. Click here.

Israel negotiated with Egypt

Israel had Egypt in the rod. Nevertheless, Israel was negotiating with Egypt and agreed to Egyptian demands. Israel would withdraw from the banks of the Suez Canal. Egypt pledged to bring heavy weapons across the Suez. The day after the convention, the Egyptians violated the accord. They spent artillery and anti-aircraft missiles on the Suez Canal into the Sinai desert.
Israel did nothing. Israel could carry out an artillery attack and destroy the Egyptian weapons before they were placed. No one could protest in the world because it was the Egyptians who had broken the agreement even before the ink was dry. Both the Israeli military and the diplomats remained silent.

Israel hoped for peace and US aid

The motivation of Israel was that it was hoping for peace. In addition, Israel hoped to sign the agreement to win US favor and gain weapons.
But both perceptions had no basis in reality. To imagine that Nasser would seek peace one had to be a real dreamer. When parents of soldiers who had been slain in those years asked the government why concessions were made to the Arabs was the reply given to them.
There were no concessions necessary to receive American weapons. America had no interest in anyway that Israel's position is weakened. The United States knows that if Israel would respond to the Arab demand that would affect its safety.

Israel was weakened by the withdrawal

As a result of the Israeli withdrawal could cross the Egyptians without much difficulty during the Yom Kippur War, the Suez. Their anti-aircraft missiles brought great losses to the Israeli Air Force. Although the treaty gave Israel a temporary respite before the battle, in the long term it will cost more lives.
Were these strategic positions not given to Egypt than the Yom Kippur War would probably never have taken place. The strategic position of Egypt got more confidence to carry out an attack.
In the next article analyzed the "Yom Kippur War. Click here.
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