October 29, 1956
Eisenhower played a key role in ending the Suez Crisis of 1956. Following the President of Egypt Gamal Abdel Nasser’s decision to nationalize the Suez Canal on July 26, 1956, the French, British, and Israelis began a tripartite military mobilization against Egypt. Eisenhower pressured Britain and France to accept a United Nations cease-fire. Eisenhower’s handling of the Suez Crisis showed that he valued peace in the Middle East over protecting allied interests, as he barred even his closest allies from further military action.