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

ISBN13: 9781107610026
Published: February 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £14.99
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The war fought in 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 Israel's borders. Period documents declassified by key governments now give reason to question this view of the war. The United Kingdom, USSR, France, and the United States all knew that the Arab states were not in attack mode and tried feverishly to dissuade Israel from attacking. In later years, the June 1967 war was held up as a precedent allowing an attack on a state that is expected to attack. The precedent has been used to justify even a preemptive assault on a state whose own expected attack is well in the future. The June 1967 war in fact can serve as no precedent in such circumstances, because evidence is lacking that it was waged on Israel's side in anticipation of an attack by Arab states. This book seeks to provide a corrective on the character of the June 1967 war.

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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.