Between East and West: Israel's Foreign Policy Orientation by Uri Bialer

By Uri Bialer

Israel's political allegiance to the West is at the present time unquestioned. within the early years after 1948, even though, the course of Israel's overseas coverage remained doubtful. during this very important booklet, Dr. Bialer describes the interior debates in the Israeli political events, and especially the hugely ideological exertions stream, at the offerings between pro-Soviet, pro-Western or nonaligned overseas regulations. employing lately declassified records, the writer has conducted huge learn within the nation records and in different information; his account relies overwhelmingly on basic assets. This booklet examines the ideological elements of those debates in addition to extra fabric motivation components: dependence on U.S. relief, exchange hyperlinks with the Soviet bloc, reliance on Czech fingers offers, and the measure of freedom allowed to the Soviet and East ecu Jewish groups to to migrate to Israel. Dr. Bialer concludes that there has been no replacement procedure for Israel to undertake; the lean in the direction of the West was once inevitable.

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Additional organizational decisions were reached more than a year later. Here too the political context was different, and indicative of a further change of atmosphere early in 1952. At the end of April of that year, Mapai's Central Committee was convened to discuss participation in the Socialist International, which had been reestablished the previous summer. 36 Mapai, as we have noted, had already decided to suspend its delegates' participation in Comisco, in theory primarily because of non-alignment.

Sharett's supporters were numerous: Livneh called for a much more systematic war on Communism than Ben Gurion's "calculated outbursts" against it; Berger emphasized the extent of internal damage involved in maintaining the previous policy; Halperin warned against "being ourselves influenced by our silence and by one-sided propaganda of the other side"; and Shmuel Dayan, founding member of the first kibbutz in Palestine, 28 stressed the military dangers involved in a neutral political position on foreign policy issues.

1951, AHA. Publicism, Inter-Party Politics and Non-Alignment 45 Astonishment can clearly be discerned in the notes which Sharett wrote while listening to the critical remarks on his pragmatic speech. Those of Mr. Argov, seemed especially annoying. "His [Argov's] problems are how to be loyal, how to prevent civil war, how to defend the state's existence, to ask for or decline to accept [foreign] aid . . [a realistic understanding of the situation] has not been established. No one has criticized 'Operation Matan' [American economic help to Israel].

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