Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser, who turned to the Soviets for support. Nasser nationalized the Anglo-French-owned Suez Canal, through which the majority of European-bound oil passed, in 1956. Israel, France, and Britain responded with military action to regain control of the canal. Eisenhower was furious and could not approve armed aggression. He sponsered a UN general assembly resolution to end the fighting, remove foreign troops from Egyptian soil, and assign a UN peacekeeping force there. France, Britain, and Israel withdrew their forces, and Nasser regained control of the canal and emerged as the leader of those opposing Western influence in Arab countries.