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Transformed LandscapesEssays on Palestine and the Middle East in Honor of Walid Khalidi$
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Camille Mansour and Leila Fawaz

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162473

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162473.001.0001

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Palestine and the Consequences of the Suez Crisis, 1957–67

Palestine and the Consequences of the Suez Crisis, 1957–67

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(p.273) 13 Palestine and the Consequences of the Suez Crisis, 1957–67
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Transformed Landscapes
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Camille Mansour

Leila Fawaz

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774162473.003.0013

The moral commitment made by the British five decades earlier continued to cause anxiety. In the war of 1967, Israel emerged with territorial gains extending over all of former British Palestine. The consequences of the Balfour Declaration, especially to the British, continued to be painfully evident. Some of the underlying British goals were exactly the same as during the Suez crisis: the use of the canal and access to the oil resources of Iraq and the Gulf, whatever the fate of Gamal Abd al-Nasser. The outcome of the Suez crisis redefined the Palestine problem. Israel gained confidence in military superiority and a new status as a regional power. Contemporary judgments, however, can be misleading. It was the revolution in Iraq, not the Suez crisis, that catastrophically diminished British power, though assessments in 1958 were accurate in establishing the connection between the two landmark events.

Keywords:   Israel, Suez, military superiority, Britain, Iraq

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