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Crisis in West Asia

decided that the time was right for a showdown. The choice left for Israel is ap- paling. To climb down would be clear submission and would have a disastrous effect on the deterrent power of the Israeli army and would undo all the work which the terror inflicted on the Egyptians at the time of the Suez crisis had achieved. At worst it would make all the threats about wiping Israel off the map (which were constantly repeated by King Faisal of Saudi Arabia during his state visit to London, although his private views were rumoured to be different) seem a grim reality. Nasser now has more Russian armaments and training and 10 years more military experience since Suez, including his exploits in the Yemen.

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