The Six-Day War and Israeli Self-Defense: Questioning the Legal Basis for Preventive War

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Cambridge University Press, 2013 - History - 266 pages
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John Quigley's controversial book seeks to provide a corrective on the character of the June 1967 war, widely perceived as being forced on Israel to prevent the annihilation of its people by Arab armies hovering on Israel's borders.

Using period documents declassified by key governments, Quigley shows the lack of evidence that the war was waged on Israel's side in anticipation of an attack by Arab states, and gives reason to question the long-held view of the war which has been held up as a precedent allowing an attack on a state that is expected to attack.
 

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Contents

Who Was to Blame and Why It Matters
3
Egypt FleXes Its Muscle 1
15
Historical Opportunity for Israel
27
Britain Has a Plan
39
Aqaba as Cause for War
46
The Americans Will Not Sit Shiva
59
We Have to Be the Victims
67
Turkey Shoot
75
IO Coverup in the Security Council 8 3
83
I4 The Experts Fall in Line
120
PART EIvE WAR WITHOUT LIMIT?
141
Blocking the Path to Peace
185
Bibliography
245
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John Quigley is the President's Club Professor in Law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. After earning his AB, LLB and MA degrees at Harvard University, he was a research associate at Harvard Law School. He has written extensively on international law, in particular on the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is the author most recently of The Statehood of Palestine: International Law in the Middle East Conflict (2010) and Soviet Legal Innovation and the Law of the Western World (2007).

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