Who needed the October 1973 War?

Tal, David (2016) Who needed the October 1973 War? Middle Eastern Studies, 52 (5). pp. 737-753. ISSN 0026-3206

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Abstract

Scholars and pundits believe that Anwar Sadat went to war in October 1973 because Israel left him no choice. The Israeli government rejected his peace proposals during 1971-3, and Sadat initiated the war in order to demonstrate his refusal to agree to the status quo and to the continuation of the Israeli occupation of the territories it occupied in June 1967. However, when the peace treaty signed between Israel and Egypt in March 1979 is carefully studied, it appears the terms of the treaty were in fact much closer to the Israeli position and terms as presented before the 1973 war than to those set by Sadat. Careful reading of the relevant documents in general and Sadat’s claims and arguments in particular will show that it was actually Sadat who needed the war, and he needed it not in order to force Israel into a political process, but for himself, so as to accept terms he could not accept without a war

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D025 Military and naval history
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D031 Political and diplomatic history
Depositing User: David Tal
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2016 09:31
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2017 12:05
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59728

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