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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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The Fruitless Quest for Peace

The Fruitless Quest for Peace

Saudi-Egyptian Negotiations, 1964–66

(p.215) Chapter Six The Fruitless Quest for Peace
Nasser's Gamble

Jesse Ferris

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at the vicissitudes of Saudi–Egyptian relations as the two countries attempted to negotiate a peaceful settlement in Yemen. Based primarily on US diplomatic cables and Egyptian memoirs, it demonstrates how negotiations between Nasser and Faysal faltered over mutual mistrust, exacerbated by the perennial spoiling effect of Yemeni politics. The chapter also shows how the Egyptians and the Saudis used the Arab summits, ostensibly convened to discuss the Palestine question, as a camouflage for the mediation of the conflict between them. The Egyptians had invoked the image of Palestine from the beginning of the intervention in Yemen in order to illuminate the glum reality of hopeless fratricide with the light of a higher cause.

Keywords:   Saudi–Egyptian relations, Yemen, US diplomatic cables, Egyptian memoirs, Nasser, Faysal, Yemeni politics, Arab summits, Palestine

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