Stalemate: The War Of Attrition And Great Power Diplomacy In The Middle East, 1967-1970

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Stalemate: The War Of Attrition And Great Power Diplomacy In The Middle East, 1967-1970

By David A. Korn
Westview, 1992
326 pp. $36.00
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An excellent case study by a former State Department insider who knows the issues, writes with authority and a sense for nuance, and strives for objectivity. The case itself is important, but overlooked-the years immediately following the June 1967 war. Why in that crucial period was so little progress made toward peace? Korn knows the American side of the story in detail. His command of Hebrew and his knowledge of Israeli politics also serve him well. The Egyptian and Soviet angles are inevitably treated more superficially. This fine work of scholarship would have been enhanced if the author had pressed more of his sources to go on the record. Too many histories of this sort are cluttered with unhelpful footnotes to anonymous sources. What, after all these years, are they hiding? This is a small quibble with an otherwise well-executed study.