How Israel Gave Up the Idea of Annexing Sinai and Gaza

Archival material revealed by Haaretz shows how close Israel came to annexing territory it captured in the 1956 Sinai Campaign. Fearing world reaction, Ben-Gurion changed his mind at the last moment and ordered a pullout.

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Then-Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion was in euphoria on November 6, 1956, immediately after the Sinai Campaign in which Israel quadrupled the territory under its control. In a letter to then-IDF chief of staff...