What were the key features of the Suez War

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What were the key features of the Suez War (1956)?

After constant bombardments there was a growing discontent between Israel and the Arabs, in particular Gamal Abdel Nasser. Nasser was frustrated that the Americans favoured the Israelis. Nasser had previously attempted to buy arms off America, but was rejected. Nasser later proposed his idea of an Aswan Dam, in which funds would be needed. The US government offered $50,000,000 for the Aswan Dam project, in an attempt to win support from previously rejecting to sell military aid to him. However, America pulled out of the deal; when Eisenhower found out that the Arabs had links with the Russians. Therefore, Nasser began to buy arms of Czechoslovakia instead, in September 1955, buying 250 Migs and 300 Tanks. Britain in June 1956, by agreement evacuated their remaining basis in Egypt, giving Nasser a free hand in which to act.

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Nasser began delivering many threatening speeches announced on the 31st August 1955, ‘we will cleanse the land of Palestine....There will be no peace on Israel’s border because we demand vengeance, and vengeance is Israel’s death.  Nasser later on the 14th October 1956, made his intensions clear for an Arab world. ‘There is no sense in talking about peace with Israel. There is not even the smallest place for negotiations.’ Nasser later nationalised the Suez Canal, announcing his intentions to use the funds to build the Aswan Dam. This act irritated Eden, in which he privately declared his intentions to ‘destroy’ Nasser. This ...

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