Playing with fire: The Soviet-Syrian-Israeli triangle, 1965-1967

Guy Laron*

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Setting out to assess Soviet policy toward Syria and Israel in the two years that preceded the Six Day War, this article argues that the Soviets were trying to implement a policy of detente in the Middle East. Therefore, they were wary of war between Israel and Syria and did their best, albeit clumsily at times, to prevent it from erupting. Their policy moved in cross-purposes to Syrian needs and little by little they lost control over their ally. This story should be read against the backdrop of the rebellion of radical regimes in the Third World against Soviet detente policy, thus emphasizing the ability of actors in the periphery of the Cold War to undermine superpower designs.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)163-184
Number of pages22
JournalCold War History
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes


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