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The Six-Day War and Israeli Self-Defense: Questioning the Legal Basis for Preventive War


ISBN13: 9781107032064
Published: February 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £59.99
Paperback edition , ISBN13 9781107610026



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The war of June 1967 between Israel and Arab states was widely perceived as being forced on Israel to prevent the annihilation of its people by Arab armies hovering on its borders. Documents now declassified by key governments question this view. The UK, USSR, France and the USA all knew that the Arab states were not in attack mode and tried to dissuade Israel from attacking. In later years, this war was held up as a precedent allowing an attack on a state that is expected to attack. It has even been used to justify a pre-emptive assault on a state expected to attack well in the future. Given the lack of evidence that it was waged by Israel in anticipation of an attack by Arab states, the 1967 war can no longer serve as such a precedent. This book seeks to provide a corrective on the June 1967 war.

Subjects:
Public International Law
Contents:
Part I. A War Is Generated:
1. Who was to blame and why it matters
2. The Syrian connection
3. Egypt flexes its muscle
4. Historical opportunity for Israel

Part II. Cold War Togetherness:
5. Britain has a plan
6. Southern passage: Aqaba as cause for war
7. The Americans will not sit shiva
8. How to attack: we have to be the victims

Part III. The First Victim of War:
9. Turkey shoot
10. Cover-up in the Security Council
11. Security Council in the dark
12. Cover-up in the General Assembly

Part IV. Rallying Round Self-Defense:
13. How to read the silence on aggression
14. The experts fall in line
15. No threat? no matter

Part V. War Without Limit?:
16. War by mistake
17. Defending in advance
18. A new doctrine of preventive war

Part VI. Peace Sidelined:
19. Permanent takeover?
20. Blocking the path to peace.