The Middle East: 1956 –1979
Key issue: How far did the events of the years 1956 to 1967
show how difficult it was to find a solution to the problems in the
The background to the problems
in the Middle East
The Suez Crisis, 1956; the end of British
The founding of the Palestine Liberation
Organisation (PLO), 1964
The Arab Summits,1964–1965
The Six Day War, 1967.
Key issue: How close to victory were the Arabs in the 1970s?
The Munich Olympics, 1972
The Yom Kippur War, 1973
Oil wars and economic pressures, 1973
The PLO, 1974–1975;
Yasser Arafat speaking at the UN Assembly, 1975.
Key issue: How close was the Middle East to peace by the
end of the 1970s?
The Israeli occupation
and settlement of the West Bank and Gaza, 1977
President Sadat speaking
to the Israeli Parliament, 1977
The Israeli invasion of the
Lebanon, March 1978
The meeting at Camp David, September 1978
Signing of the peace
treaty between Egypt and Israel, March 1979.