AUTHORGinor, Isabella / Remez, Gideon
TITLEFoxbats over Dimona: The Soviets' Nuclear Gamble in the Six-Day War
PUBLISHERYale University Press
CITYNew Haven, CT

This controversial book challenges past historiography regarding the 1967 Six-Day War between Israel and Egypt, Jordan, and Syria to assert that the Soviet Union (USSR) secretly conspired with the Arab states to provoke Israel into a preemptive strike, which triggered the conflict. The authors seek to address the substantial role that the USSR played in the conflict, which, they argue, was largely due to its interest in preventing Israel from obtaining nuclear weapons. The book does not chronicle the entire crisis; instead, it focuses on Soviet involvement by examining a wide range of Soviet, Israeli, and American documentation including eyewitness reports from Soviet military personnel. It also considers Israel’s nuclear stance at the time of the conflict as one of the war’s causes, noting that the USSR placed nuclear-armed naval forces in the Mediterranean Sea the month before the war erupted to ostensibly protect the Arab states from an Israeli nuclear attack. The authors create a framework that offers insight into Soviet-Arab politics during the height of the Cold War. Questioning the accepted explanation of Soviet interference in the Six-Day War, the authors intend to inspire new scholarship on the subject. The book includes endnotes and a substantial reference list.

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