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

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  • Date Published: December 2012
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 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.

    • Based on declassified documents not used by previous authors
    • New analysis in this book renders obsolete books previously written about the Six-Day War
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    '… provides many new insights into the origins of the war … lucid and splendidly readable account of the Six-Day War …' Victor Kattan, International Affairs

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    • Date Published: December 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107610026
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of 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.

  • Author

    John Quigley, Ohio State University
    John Quigley is the President's Club Professor in Law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. After earning his AB, LLB and MA degrees at Harvard University, he was a research associate at Harvard Law School. He has written extensively on international law, in particular on the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is the author most recently of The Statehood of Palestine: International Law in the Middle East Conflict (2010) and Soviet Legal Innovation and the Law of the Western World (2007).

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