Journals Higher Education



Published: 31 October 2016

304 Pages | 10 b/w illus., 1 map

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9781526103826

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The United States, the Soviet Union and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1948-67

Superpower Rivalry

Joseph Heller

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Discusses how the regional conflict aggravated international discord and vice versa. Israel is a unique case study combining regional conflict and global rift
  • Argues that what finally influenced Washington to supply Israel with tanks and aircraft was both the escalation of the cold war with the Soviet Union and the deterioration of relations with Egypt
  • Demonstrates the inexorable road towards the Six Day War, resulting from absence of strategic cooperation between Israel and America and lack of Soviet control of the Arab leadership
  • Shows location of nuclear facility in Dimona as the main bargaining card in negotiations with Washington (although it was not powerful enough to commit the US to forge an alliance with Israel)