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

By Uri Bialer

Israel's political allegiance to the West is this day unquestioned. within the early years after 1948, even though, the course of Israel's international coverage remained doubtful. during this very important e-book, Dr. Bialer describes the inner debates in the Israeli political events, and especially the hugely ideological hard work circulation, at the offerings between pro-Soviet, pro-Western or nonaligned international guidelines. utilizing lately declassified files, the writer has conducted vast learn within the country files and in different information; his account relies overwhelmingly on basic assets. This publication examines the ideological elements of those debates in addition to extra fabric motivation elements: dependence on U.S. relief, alternate hyperlinks with the Soviet bloc, reliance on Czech hands provides, 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 used to be inevitable.

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Most members supported a resolution to leave the Communist Trade Unions' International, but not all did so for the same reason. " Sharett was more descriptive, likening the atmosphere of the Communist body to that of a "restricted" hotel in which he had once stayed while in New York: "This was my feeling on the morning I read of Yugoslavia's removal: we are counterfeiting our identity . . this is a forgery our movement cannot morally withstand. We owe it to ourselves . . to our youth and to our good name to leave .

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. Two years later, however, the supporters of Israeli participation held a clear majority. " His abstract diagnosis of global affairs included a special conception of political reality.

Onn files, 1949, LPA. 15 Publicism, Inter-Party Politics and Non-Alignment 39 Israel's independence. 16 Discussion focused on the weight to be accorded the relationship towards Communism. Here again opinions diverged. Livneh, as usual, considered the war on Communism a crucial internal and external necessity: "We now have in Israel a mass political organization that is a candidate for [the charge of] treason; today's Mapam is not that of two years ago . . it is now possible to undermine Zionism by undermining the state.

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