This book focuses on the bilateral and multilateral relations between Britain, the 'former proprietor' and Israel, the 'successor state', during the period following their armed clash in January 1949, to Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza and the Sinai in March 1957. It highlights the formulation of foreign policy decisions in Britain and Israel; Britain's special responsibility and influence, which affected Israel's relations with neighbouring Arab states; Israel's complex policy towards Britain; Anglo-Jewry's attitude towards Israel and the distinctive relationship between Israel's embassy in London and the Jewish community.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Playing the Trump Card: The Protracted Recognition of Israel, January 1949-April 1950 2. Cutting and Retying the Umbilical Cord: The Sterling Balances and the Nurturing of Bilateral Ties, 1949-54 3. Israel's Place in British Strategic Planning 1949-51 4. Israel's Place in British Defence Policy in the Shadow of the Anglo-Egyptian Negotiations, 1951-54 5. 'Nibbling at the Edges': Border Tensions and the Search for an Interim Arab-Israeli Settlement 6. Adversaries and Reluctant Partners: The Sinai-Suez Crisis 1956-57, a Retrospective 7. Defining the Relationship: Anglo-Jewry and Israel. Conclusion
Natan Aridan is a researcher at the Ben-Gurion Research Center at Sede-Boker and lectures on Israeli diplomacy and Israel's relations with the Diaspora at the History Department of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
' … examines the complex relationships between successive Palestinian homemakers and their influence on Britain’s Jewish community’ - Resistance