The role of MI6 in Egypt’s decision to go to war against Israel in May 1948

  title={The role of MI6 in Egypt’s decision to go to war against Israel in May 1948},
  author={Meir Zamir},
  journal={Intelligence and National Security},
  pages={775 - 799}
  • Meir Zamir
  • Published 28 May 2019
  • History
  • Intelligence and National Security
ABSTRACT David Ben-Gurion, the founder of the State of Israel, repeatedly accused Britain of provoking the Arab states to invade Israel the day after its establishment in May 1948. To date, historians have not found proof of his accusations in British archives. However, evidence may be found in French archives, especially in Syrian and secret British documents obtained by the French secret services, originating from agents who had infiltrated the Syrian government in Damascus and the British… 
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