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Between East and West : Israel's Foreign Policy Orientation 1948-1956 - Uri Bialer

Between East and West

Israel's Foreign Policy Orientation 1948-1956

Hardcover Published: 23rd February 1990
ISBN: 9780521362498
Number Of Pages: 304

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Israel's political allegiance to the West is today unquestioned. In the early years after 1948, however, the direction of Israel's foreign policy remained uncertain. In this important book, Dr. Bialer describes the internal debates within the Israeli political parties, and particularly the highly ideological labor movement, on the choices among pro-Soviet, pro-Western or nonaligned foreign policies. Making use of recently declassified documents, the author has carried out extensive research in the State Archives and in other archives; his account is based overwhelmingly on primary sources. This book examines the ideological components of these debates as well as more material motivation factors: dependence on U.S. aid, trade links with the Soviet bloc, reliance on Czech arms supplies, and the degree of freedom allowed to the Soviet and East European Jewish communities to emigrate to Israel. Dr. Bialer concludes that there was no alternative strategy for Israel to adopt; the tilt towards the West was inevitable.

'Bialer's book is extraordinarily well researched and offers a stimulating insight into an almost untouched subject ... It is a very important book which will be of interest to analysts and students of Israel and the Middle East alike.' Millennium '... his scholarship and analysis have made a major contribution to the on-going historical debate.' Shofar

The Internal Dimension
The affiliation dilemma
Publicism, inter-party politics and non-alignment
Red Star Over Zion
'Let my people go'
The aliyah tie with Moscow
The eastern European arena
Trade with the Soviet Union
Political cooperation
The military dimension
The Western Connection
The military and economic dimensions
From neutrality to the search for a link
Solidification of a Western orientation
Failure of 'facts and pacts' policy
Epilogue: 'A people that dwells alone?'
U.N. voting record
biographical notes
Appendix III: Israel's votes at the U.N.
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ISBN: 9780521362498
ISBN-10: 0521362490
Series: LSE Monographs in International Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 23rd February 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.54