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#256 - Israel War of Independence Estimate: $4,000+

"Orders have been issued to cease fire on the Egyptian lines as from 2 p.m. Cairo time today"

Significant TLS from Egyptian prime minister Mahmoud El Nokrashy Pasha, signed “M. L. Nokrashy,” one page, 6.75 x 8.75, Prime Minister's Office letterhead, October 22, 1948. Letter to Spanish diplomat Pablo de Azcárate, then serving as secretary of the Consular Truce Commission in Jerusalem on behalf of the United Nations, in full: "In reply to your message dated 21st October, received midnight 21/22 October regarding the time fixed by the Mediator p.i. for cease fire to be effective on both sides of the lines I have the honour to inform you that orders have been issued to cease fire on the Egyptian lines as from 2 p.m. Cairo time today." In fine condition.

This remarkable conveyance letter references the establishment of a third truce between Israel and Egypt, which went into effect on the date of this letter. However, despite its best intentions the cease fire did little to ebb the tide of battle, and on December 22 large numbers of Israel Defense Forces initiated Operation Horev with the objective of encircling the Egyptian Army in the Gaza strip and forcing the Egyptians into ending the war. The plan was a decisive Israeli victory, and on January 6, 1949, the Egyptian government announced they were willing to enter armistice negotiations.

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