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The Suez Crisis: A Brief Comint History

... erupted only days before the Soviet invasion of Hungary on 4 November 1956.

The Suez crisis created a painful predicament for U.S. policymakers. Without American support or knowledge, two staunch U.S. allies, in collusion with Israel, plotted to go to war for a cause the Eisenhower administration believed was rash, unjustified, and potentially very dangerous. Ultimately, France, Britain, and Israel would become the overt aggressors against Egypt. As a result, the United States was in the awkward position of siding with Nasser against its allies. The Soviet factor further complicated the situation, especially for the United States. The U.S. allies implicitly relied upon America to counter any belligerency by the Russian "Bear."

The U.S. administration was never sure how far the Soviets would go to assist Nasser or resist Western aggression in the region. Eisenhower described the Soviets as both "furious and scared" by the concurrent crises in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. This, he averred, made for "the most dangerous possible state of mind." For this reason, Soviet movements and actions were of primary interest to the U.S. intelligence community.

The Lavon Affair: How a false-flag operation led to war and the Israeli bomb

Covert acts by France: building the Israeli atom bomb.

 Advantageous Ambiguity: Israel's Nuclear Arsenal | Carnegie Center - Sept. 2020 |

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