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From 50 Years Ago: Two Into Three Won’t Go

Vol V, No 32 august 8, 1970

Two Into Three Won’t Go

Along sequence of intertwined moves has at last led to the cease-fire between Egypt and Israel. Towards the end of last year, Israel began a series of airraids penetrating deep into Egypt and culminating in the killing of 38 school children at Bahr Al-Bakar. These raids were in retaliation for Egyptian belligerence on the Suez front and were intended to cow the Egyptian people into quietude. But the bombing had, as always, the opposite effect. The angry Egyptian response made Nasser visit Moscow last January. Moscow, probably worried over the danger to its large economic and military investment in Egypt, sent in Russian combat personnel to install and operate a sophisticated new air defence system. For the first time, the Americans became seriously worried about the possibility of a Cuba-type confrontation with Russia, an eventuality which also began to worry the Russians. At the end of last June, the Americans put forward peace proposals, largely based on the Security Council resolution of November 22, 1967. In one respect, the American proposals differed from the resolution. They suggested a definite three-month cease-fire which has now been accepted by Israel and Egypt.

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