The Covenant and the Sword

The Covenant and the Sword : Arab-Israeli Relations, 1948-56

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The central argument in this book, first published in 1965, is that the Israelis invaded Egypt in 1956 because they could see no other feasible way out of their predicament: they believed that Egypt, either alone or together with other Arab states, would move to destroy them once it had acquired sufficient arms. Seven years earlier, Israel had negotiated and signed separate armistice agreements with each of its four Arab neighbours, bringing into effect an armistice regime designed to 'facilitate the transition to permanent peace in Palestine'. Using considerable unpublished material, the author traces the course of Arab-Israeli relations from the fighting in 1948 to the invasion in 1956. He examines in detail Israel's relations with each of its Arab neighbours: separate chapters deal with the armistice regime, the abortive peace talks, the struggle for the Jordan River waters, the refugee problem and the boycott and blockade of Israel. The final chapters trace the growing determination of the new Egyptian government under Nasser to continue hostilities against Israel, and the manoeuvring of the Western powers in the light of this determination coupled with the entrance of the Soviet Union into the arena of Middle Eastern more

Product details

  • Hardback | 258 pages
  • 156 x 234mm | 521.63g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138903167
  • 9781138903166

Table of contents

1. Background to the Conflict 2. General Comments on the Armistice and Arab-Israeli Relations 3. Armistice Negotiations (January-July 1949) 4. The Conciliation Effort (February-October 1949) 5. The Armistice Regime 6. Israel and Jordan (1949-56) 7. Israel and Syria (1949-56) 8. The Arab Refugees (1947-53) 9. The Johnston Plan (1953-56) 10. Boycott and Blockade (1949-56) 11. The Blockade 12. Israel and Egypt 12.1. To Gaza (1949-55) 12.2. From Gaza to Nationalization (February 1955-July 1956) 12.3. Prelude to the Invasion 12.4. The Final Preparations (July-October 1956) 13. Conclusionshow more