Political map of the Eastern Mediterranean 23 July 1952 (Egyptian Revolution): Following the 1949 armistices with Israel, what remained of Palestine was dismembered when Jordan annexed the West Bank (Jordanian annexation of the West Bank) and Egypt set up an administration in Gaza (Occupation of the Gaza Strip by Egypt). Egypt's poor performance in the war further discredited the corrupt King Farouk (Farouk of Egypt), who attempted to appeal to nationalism by demanding that the British withdraw from the Suez Canal Zone. When the British rejected his demands, the king proved unable to contain the ensuing instability, and in July 1952 disaffected Egyptian officers swiftly deposed him (Egyptian revolution of 1952).