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Moshe SharettBiography of a Political Moderate$
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Gabriel Sheffer

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198279945

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.001.0001

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The Mishap

The Mishap

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(p.750) 24 The Mishap
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Moshe Sharett
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Gabriel Sheffer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279945.003.0025

Many tremendous political crises start unnoticed and only slowly gather momentum. This was also the case with the Mishap and the Lavon Affair that followed it. As is now known, this new storm, which was probably the worst in Israeli politics until the 1960s, began with erroneous unsophisticated acts of sabotage by Jewish members of a network of Israeli agents in Egypt. Tactically these clandestine operations were intended to cause confusion in Egypt, as well as tensions between Egypt and the Western powers especially in the USA. Strategically their purpose was to prevent the evacuation of British bases in Egypt, which was a grand Egyptian and Nasserite political dream, and which the IDF regarded as a nightmare since purportedly it would enhance Nasser's and Egypt's power and ability to launch a war on Israel.

Keywords:   Israel, the Mishap, Lavon Affair, British bases, Egypt, clandestine operations

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