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The Power TriangleMilitary, Security, and Politics in Regime Change$
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Hazem Kandil

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190239206

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239206.001.0001

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Blood, Folly, and Sandcastles

Blood, Folly, and Sandcastles

June 1967

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(p.247) 13 Blood, Folly, and Sandcastles
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The Power Triangle
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Hazem Kandil

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239206.003.0014

This chapter examines the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and its consequences for Egypt. Egypt's new regime under Gamal Abd al-Nasser was a “dictatorship without a dictator”; it was the security aristocracy that ruled. Both Nasser and army chief Abd al-Hakim Amer blamed the country's misfortunes on the “mukhabarat (intelligence) state.” As a matter of fact, what appeared to be a personal battle between the president and his field marshal, between 1956 and 1967, masked a power struggle within the security community. This chapter first provides a background on the Suez War that erupted after Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal in 1956 and argues that the war was a political triumph for Nasser but exposed Amer's military shortcomings. It then recounts the events leading up to the Arab-Israeli war and considers why the loss to the Israelis did not spark a popular revolt in Egypt.

Keywords:   security, Arab-Israeli war, Egypt, Gamal Abd al-Nasser, Abd al-Hakim Amer, Suez War, Suez Canal, military

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