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Nasser's GambleHow Intervention in Yemen Caused the Six-Day War and the Decline of Egyptian Power$
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Jesse Ferris

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691155142

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691155142.001.0001

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Food for "Peace"

Food for "Peace"

The Breakdown of US-Egyptian Relations, 1962–65

(p.102) Chapter Three Food for "Peace"
Nasser's Gamble

Jesse Ferris

Princeton University Press

This chapter analyzes the breakdown of Egypt's crucial relationship with the United States as a result of the intervention in Yemen. Contrary to conventional wisdom, which posits a later break in US–Egyptian relations over Lyndon Johnson's pro-Israel policy, the chapter highlights the primacy of the US–Saudi alliance and the early emergence of Yemen as the central bone of contention in the final year of the Kennedy administration. A fundamental assumption underlying the provision of massive assistance to Egypt was that it would solidify the basis for a long-term relationship founded on mutual interests. But in practice, the opposite occurred: US aid fostered an unhealthy dependency, which rendered relations with Egypt susceptible to serious crisis in the event of disruption.

Keywords:   Egypt, US aid, Yemen, US–Egyptian relations, Lyndon Johnson, US–Saudi alliance, pro-Israel policy

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