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Dayan Says Egyptian Efforts to Dislodge Israel from Canal Zone Failed Last Summer

October 17, 1969
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Defense Minister Moshe Dayan said yesterday that Egyptian efforts to dislodge Israeli forces from the Suez Canal zone failed decisively last summer. He warned, however, that Egypt would renew its efforts on a larger scale next summer if it is unable to force an Israeli withdrawal through diplomatic pressure.

Gen. Dayan spoke at a meeting of Beisan and Jordan Valley settlers in the village of Sammakh. He said that President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt was sure last spring that he could destroy Israeli fortifications on the east bank of the Suez Canal by concentrated artillery barrages and commando raids.

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