"The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973: A reassessment of an epochal chapter in Middle Eastern and global history"

Monday, October 30, 2017
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
STO STO 131 Stokes Auditorium
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Distinguished Visitors Program

Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez, formerly award-winning journalists, and associate fellows of the Truman Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem will discuss their new book on the massive Soviet military intervention in the Egyptian-Israeli conflict, and address its relevance for present-day Russia's reentry into the region.  Their previous book, Foxbats over Dimona, won the silver medal in the book prize competition of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.


This book covers the peak of the USSR’s direct military involvement in the Egyptian-Israeli conflict. The head-on clash between US-armed Israeli forces and some 50,000 Soviet servicemen with state-of-the-art weaponry turned the Suez Canal front into the hottest arena of the Cold War. The Soviets’ success in the 1969-1970 War of Attrition paved the way for their planning and support of Egypt’s cross-canal offensive in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Ginor and Remez challenge a series of long-accepted notions as to the scope, time line and character of the Soviet intervention and overturn the conventional view that détente between the United States and the USSR led to a curtailment of Egyptian ambitions to capture the land it lost to Israel in 1967. In an analysis that introduces an entirely new genre of sources—memoirs and other publications by the Soviet veterans themselves—The Soviet-Israeli War reshapes our understanding of this pivotal chapter for the Middle East and the world.

Tea at 4:15 p.m.

Sponsored by the Department of Economics and the Department of History in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program

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