By Uri Bialer
Israel's political allegiance to the West is at the present time unquestioned. within the early years after 1948, in spite of the fact that, the course of Israel's overseas coverage remained doubtful. during this very important publication, Dr. Bialer describes the interior debates in the Israeli political events, and especially the hugely ideological exertions flow, at the offerings between pro-Soviet, pro-Western or nonaligned international regulations. applying lately declassified files, the writer has conducted large examine within the country files and in different records; his account relies overwhelmingly on fundamental resources. This booklet examines the ideological elements of those debates in addition to extra fabric motivation components: dependence on U.S. reduction, exchange hyperlinks with the Soviet bloc, reliance on Czech hands provides, and the measure of freedom allowed to the Soviet and East eu Jewish groups to to migrate to Israel. Dr. Bialer concludes that there has been no substitute procedure for Israel to undertake; the lean in the direction of the West used to be inevitable.
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Extra resources for Between East and West: Israel's Foreign Policy Orientation 1948-1956 (LSE Monographs in International Studies)
First, "six to seven hundred thousand Jews live within the sphere of Soviet influence outside the Soviet Union; if they cannot be brought to Israel within the next five to six years, the basic element essential for the establishment of Zionism will have vanished. " Secondly, there were the six and a half million Jews living within the sphere of Anglo-Saxon influence. " Given these circumstances, Zionism "cannot be a pawn in the hands of either East or West; affiliation with either world bloc sentences us to death.
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 .
Offir, for example, claimed that "since I believe Mapam and Maki [the Israeli Communist Party] will stay [in the Communist International], I do not wish their membership to be presented as a revolutionary act; I do not want them to exploit it, nor to have them stay within the left and us in the right. " Thus to sever the connection with the East, a "fictitious" link but nevertheless "the last existing one," 24 25 26 I. 1950, LPA. Y. Kosoy at the same discussion, LPA. 1950, LPA. " 27 The aliyah problem was equally prominent in the arguments presented by opponents of secession from the Communist International.