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1 Outcome of the Yom Kippur War

2 US and USSR stand off Israel’s refusal to back down till it achieved its aims infuriated her American allies and led to the USSR threatening to unleash nuclear warfare if the USA did not bring Israel to heel. The USA responded by going on full nuclear alert.

3 USSR backs down… The USSR at this point backed down saying “we shall not unleash the Third World War”. UN Resolution 338 was finally implemented on October 28 th, calling for the implementation of Resolution 242 “in all its parts”. Kissinger was quite clear that Israel would have to make substantial concessions to restore stability in the region.

4 Major Outcomes ▪ It severely tested the detente between the United States and the Soviet Union – The result was the most dangerous moment of the Cold War since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 ▪ Triggered the first energy shock ▪ Set off a chain of events culminating in the 1978 Camp David Accords, the landmark peace treaty between Egypt and Israel

5 US response Highest priority was to preserve good relations with the USSR and prevent the crisis escalating. They aimed to prevent an outright victory for either side in order to pave the way for fruitful peace negotiations These negotiations themselves would draw attention away from the Watergate Scandal However, Arab successes and Soviet support for Egypt persuaded Nixon that the advantage had swung too far their way so he agreed to supply arms to the Israelis, and intelligence planes (the SR-71 Blackbird) which had an immediate impact on the course of the war.

6 Consequences of the Yom Kippur War USAOil prices quadrupled. Ended the “long boom” of economic growth that had existed since the 1950s. USA made it clear during this crisis that its commitment to Israel was unshakeable. USSRLost support of Egypt, who looked towards USA in future as the power most likely to broker a favourable settlement in the region. EgyptSadat entered into diplomatic negotiations with Israel – the “Sadat Initiative” - which led to him visiting the Israeli Knesset in 1977 then signing the Camp David Accords of 1979. Israel returned the Sinai to Egypt, and in return Egypt gave diplomatic recognition of Israel. Sadat was assassinated in 1981 by Arab nationalists. IsraelThe war became known as “the earthquake”. Although officially cleared of any negligence in the lead-up to the war, both Dayan and Meir resigned within a year.

7 Benny Morris, PhD, Professor of History at Ben-Gurion University, in his 2001 book Righteous Victims, wrote : "The war -- as intended by [Egyptian President] Sadat -- had loosened the political logjam that had existed since 1967. For the Arabs it had paved the road to a settlement. Their honor had been restored, enabling their leaders at last to contemplate direct dialogue and peace with Israel, but not from a position of humiliating inferiority. However, Israel's military prowess had once again been demonstrated and had perhaps definitively persuaded the Arab leaders that their foe could not be defeated, let alone destroyed, in battle: The return of their territories could be achieved only through negotiations. On the other hand, the war had given Israel a stinging slap in the face. The 1948, 1956, and 1967 wars had conditioned them to stunning victories over the Arabs and to Arab military (and political) incompetence; 1973 proved to be something else altogether. Many Israelis were now persuaded that the territories could not be held indefinitely by force and that continued occupation would necessarily lead to further bouts of painful warfare. At last, and for the first time since June 1967, most people were willing to contemplate giving up large chunks of land for peace."

8 Ian J. Bickerton, PhD, Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of New South Wales, and Carla L. Klausner, PhD, Professor of the Modern Middle East at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, in their 2002 book A Concise History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, wrote : "The October 1973 war destroyed many myths. It proved, for example, that the Arabs could cooperate and that they could keep their intentions a secret. It demonstrated that they were capable of sophisticated intelligence gathering and analysis and of a brilliant operational plan to cross the Suez Canal and demolish the Bar-Lev line [established in the 1967 War]. It showed that Arab soldiers could fight bravely and well when properly trained and motivated and that they could handle the most technologically advanced weapons. It proved that Israel was not invincible."

9 Avi Shlaim, PhD, Professor of International Relations at St. Antony's College, Oxford, in his 2001 book The Iron Wall, wrote:

10 "The October War was the third Syrian-Israeli war [1948, 1967] and the fifth Egyptian- Israeli war [1948, 1956, 1967, 1970]. In all previous wars political deadlock followed the ending of hostilities. The October War was the first war to be followed by a political settlement. Three reasons help explain how this war laid the foundations for the conclusion of a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel five years later... [1.] the two armies [Egypt and Syria] demonstrated that Israel was not invincible, and they cured themselves of the trauma of the June [1967] War. They restored Arab pride, honor and self-confidence. After the war they did not face Israel from a position of hopeless inferiority... [2.] In 1967 the Israeli victory was so decisive and the Arab defeat so crushing that the Arabs were reluctant to face Israel across the negotiating table. In 1973 the outcome was much more balanced, not least at the psychological level... [3.] The third reason that political negotiations became possible in the immediate aftermath of the war was U.S. engagement. In Henry Kissinger's hands, U.S. policy was largely reduced to support for Israel and for the status quo. Once the status quo had been shaken up, however, Kissinger moved with remarkable speed to develop an Arab dimension to American foreign policy. His aim was to use the fluid situation created by the war in order to move the parties, step by step, toward a political settlement. He himself became personally involved in the process by embarking on the shuttle diplomacy that took him back and forth from Jerusalem to Cairo and Damascus."


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