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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 Six-Day War and the End of the Intervention in Yemen

The Six-Day War and the End of the Intervention in Yemen

(p.262) Chapter Seven The Six-Day War and the End of the Intervention in Yemen
Nasser's Gamble

Jesse Ferris

Princeton University Press

This chapter brings the story of the Egyptian intervention to a close. Covering the momentous year of 1967, it exposes the little appreciated link between inter-Arab tensions and the Arab–Israeli conflict and provides a revisionist interpretation of the Six-Day War as an unintended consequence of the Saudi–Egyptian struggle over Yemen. Egypt's defeat forced Nasser to confront the necessity of withdrawing his forces from the Arabian Peninsula and accepting Saudi financial aid. Both acts presaged a crucial shift in the regional balance of power in the late twentieth century as a result of the civil war in Yemen: the decline of Egypt and the rise of Saudi Arabia.

Keywords:   Egyptian intervention, inter-Arab tensions, Yemen, Arab–Israeli conflict, Six-Day War, Saudi–Egyptian struggle, Nasser, financial aid

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