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Introduction: A New Look at the 1956 Suez War

The tripartite aggression against Egypt in 1956 involved an extraordinary reversal of Britains position in the Middle East. The French were the matchmakers in bringing Britain and Israel into a military pact whose principal aim was the overthrow of Gamal Abd al-Nasser. The war plot against Egypt was hatched towards the end of October 1956 in a secret meeting at Svres, near Paris. The central aim of the plot was the overthrow of Gamal Abd al-Nasser. British, French and Israeli sources are used here to reconstruct the sequence of events that produced the most famous war plot in modern history. The discussions lasted three days and culminated in the signing of the Protocol of Svres. The Protocol of Svres is the most conclusive piece of evidence for it lays out in precise detail, and with a precise timetable, how the joint war against Egypt was intended to proceed and shows foreknowledge of each others intentions.