In 1956, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser emerged victorious in the Suez conflict after the British, French, and Israeli forces were forced to withdraw. In 1967 however, Nasser suffered a devastating loss in the Six-Day War against Israel. What caused such different outcomes for Nasser?
Naser’s success in 1956 was largely due to his efforts to build up Egypt’s political power and military strength as well as an unprecedented level of international support from other non-aligned nations. In contrast, when war broke out again between Egypt and Israel in 1967, many of these same factors had changed for the worse for Nasser.