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Spheres of InterventionUS Foreign Policy and the Collapse of Lebanon, 1967-1976$
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James R. Stocker

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700774

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700774.001.0001

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Sparks in the Tinderbox

Sparks in the Tinderbox

The United States, the June War, and the Remaking of the Lebanese Crisis

(p.20) Chapter 1 Sparks in the Tinderbox
Spheres of Intervention

James R. Stocker

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the impact of the June 1967 Arab–Israeli War and and the December 1968 Israeli attack on the Beirut International Airport on Lebanon's political situation. Throughout the 1960s, the United States played a passive yet important role in internal Lebanese politics. In the first years of the decade, the Kennedy and Johnson administrations paid relatively little attention to Lebanon. But as regional politics heated up over the course of the decade, so too did the US interest in Lebanon. This chapter begins with an overview of Lebanon's internal political situation on the eve of the June 1967 war and proceeds by discussing the U.S.–Lebanese relations in the 1960s. It then considers the outbreak of the Six Day War and the Israeli airport raid, along with the consequences of both events for Lebanon and the United States.

Keywords:   airport raid, Arab-Israeli War, Israel, Beirut International Airport, Lebanon, United States, Lebanese politics, U.S.–Lebanese relations, Six Day War

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