The Gates of Gaza by Mordechai Bar-On
Israel's Road to Suez and Back, 1955-1957

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The secret alliance between Israel, Britain, and France to destroy Nasser's rule in Egypt was a pivotal event in the history of the modern Middle East. The "Suez crisis" brought about both a humiliation for the old imperial powers and a remarkable victory for Israel. Mordechai Bar-On was General Moshe Dayan's personal assistant during the Suez Campaign and has drawn on both his own diary and many years of research to produce a gripping, definitive account of the Israeli side to the war. The Gates of Gaza describes the fears, suspicions, and agonizing debates that resulted in Ben-Gurion's decision to enter the clandestine pact, the overwhelming military victory in the Sinai, and subsequent withdrawal in the face of pressure from the United Nations. What was at the time a frustrating conflict for Israel should now be seen, in Dr. Bar-On's view, as a crucial event in securing the new nation's position in the Middle East and providing a breathing space before the great Arab challenge of 1967. The Gates of Gaza is an extremely important source for the history of Israel and for understanding one of the postwar world's most complex and fascinating crises.

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Mordechai Bar-On served as Moshe Dayan's bureau chief in the 1950's, chief education officer of the Israeli Defense Forces in the 1960's, a leader of the World Zionist Organization in the 1970's, and a member of the Knesset and Peace Now activist in the 1980's. He received his doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was a fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace in 1992-93.
Published March 15, 1994 by Palgrave Macmillan. 416 pages
Genres: History, Travel. Non-fiction

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The Eisenhower Doctrine is seen as assuring Israel's diplomatic defeat, but Bar-On looks to the period of 1957-1967 to underscore what the Sinai misadventure gained for Israel: It ``reasserted Israel's deterrent capability,'' allowed the young nation and the port of Eilat to bloom, and even gave ...

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