By Moshe Gat
During this finished research, Gat appears to be like at British coverage within the interval major as much as the Six-Day conflict. even though Britain holds middle degree during this account, the learn discusses in a few element American coverage and its influence at the Arab-Israeli clash. It additionally makes a speciality of the center East water dispute, its impression on destiny occasions, and at last the outbreak of conflict in 1967. this can be a interesting examine the method during which the center East turned yet one more chilly battle playground.
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Britain and the Conflict in the Middle East, 1964-1967: The Coming of the Six-Day War by Moshe Gat