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1967-1970: The War of Attrition

1967-1970: The War of Attrition

The War of Attrition involved fighting between Israel and Egypt, Jordan, PLO and their allies from 1967 to 1970. Following the 1967 Six-Day War, no serious diplomatic efforts tried to resolve the issues at the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict. In September 1967, the Arab states formulated the "three nos" policy, barring peace, recognition or negotiations with Israel. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser believed that only military initiative would compel Israel or the international community to facilitate a full Israeli withdrawal from Sinai, and hostilities soon resumed along the Suez Canal.

These initially took the form of limited artillery duels and small-scale incursions into Sinai, but by 1969 the Egyptian Army judged itself prepared for larger-scale operations. On March 8th, 1969, Nasser proclaimed the official launch of the War of Attrition, characterized by large-scale shelling along the Suez Canal, extensive aerial warfare and commando raids. Hostilities continued until August 1970 and ended with a ceasefire, the frontiers remaining the same as when the war began, with no real commitment to serious peace negotiations.

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Syrian Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-21FL Fighter - Early 1970s Syrian Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-21FL Fighter - Early 1970s (1:72 Scale)

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Israeli McDonnell F-4E Phantom II (Kurnass) Fighter-Bomber - 08, 201 Squadron The One, Hatzor AFB, November 11th, 1969 Israeli McDonnell F-4E Phantom II ("Kurnass") Fighter-Bomber - 201 Squadron, 1970s (1:72 Scale)

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