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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Chuck Hagel Learns The Wrong Lessons From Eisenhower's Treatment Of Israel in 1956

The following by Alex Joffe is reposted here with permission of Middle East Forum:

Learning the Wrong Lessons from Ike

by Alexander H. Joffe
The National Interest
February 1, 2013


What is the proper balance between firmness and flexibility for U.S. policymakers when dealing with Middle Eastern politics? To what extent does history offer guidelines? The Washington Post's David Ignatius has reported that Chuck Hagel, nominated to be the next secretary of defense, has given President Obama and others copies of Eisenhower 1956, a book by David A. Nichols about the Suez Crisis of that year, and has endorsed the thirty-fourth president's hard line against Israel.

It appears that Hagel sees Eisenhower's demand that Israel leave the Sinai Peninsula, which it captured in a one-hundred-hour campaign in late October and November of 1956, as an explicit model for future relations, where American demands for Israeli withdrawals will be acceded to, if Israel knows what's good for it. But 1956 was about more than Israel in the Sinai. These offer more useful lessons for policymakers.