Israel has fought four wars since it became a state in 1948 - in its war for independence after it was attacked by the combined armies of the surrounding Arab states; the 1956 Sinai Campaign
; the 1967 Six-Day War; and the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
The times were of extreme emotions and tension, referred to as the "waiting period." Roughly two weeks earlier the Egyptian Army broke the international agreement with Israel, signed a decade earlier after the 1956 Sinai Campaign
, and entered the demilitarized Sinai Peninsula.
(31) "Egypt Army Claims Progress in Sinai Campaign
," al Jazira, September, 15, 2013.
Egypt's army said on Wednesday it had killed 60 militants in Sinai in the month since Mursi's ouster, and that an additional 64 militants were injured in the Sinai campaign
between July 5 and August 4.
"I think there were concerns that the military council would take advantage of the Sinai campaign
to take military moves in the run-up to a coup against the president," Qandil wrote on his Facebook account.
But neither the support received in the form of UN Security Council resolution 95 (1951) nor the military achievements of the Sinai campaign
of 1956 were successful in changing Egypt's view, and the blockade in the Canal persisted for thirty years.
These include the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962; Grenada Invasion, 1983; Israeli Sinai Campaign
, 1956; Six Day War, 1967; Osirak Raid, 1981; and decisions not to conduct U.S.-initiated preventive war against the Soviet Union or China.
He served in the Israel War of Independence in 1948, the Sinai Campaign
and in 1957 was promoted to Major as a paratrooper.
Accordingly, more than half of this absorbing chronicle deals with the current Israeli prime minister's youthful exploits as a soldier in the War of Independence, as a commander in the secret Unit 101, as an officer in the Sinai Campaign
, as a general in the Six-Day War, the War of Attrition, the Yom Kippur War, the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, and as minister of defense in the Begin government.
The tank continued to be a "winning weapon" in the postwar world too, as Wright acknowledges in his discussion of the Israeli experience with armored warfare in the Arab-Israeli wars from the 1956 Sinai campaign
through the 1967 Six-Day War, to the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
The Uzi submachine gun, invented in the 1950s and used by the Israeli army for the first time during its Sinai campaign
in 1956, has been used by secret services across the world.
In this operation, the first offensive action by the Australian Light Horse in the Sinai campaign
, (2) the raiding force covered some 260 kilometres (160 miles) in three and a half days over largely unknown territory much of it by night; fought a sharp action in which it overwhelmed the Turkish post, killed or captured the entire garrison, destroyed the bores and drilling equipment, secured valuable documents; and on their return to base endured a fierce sand storm and narrowly avoided a mass drowning when the wadi in which troops were resting was flooded in a sudden spate.