Since the Sinai campaign, France had been Israel's ally, providing advanced weapons and granting political support and economic aid. When Charles de Gaulle returned to lead France in 1958 during the Algerian War, Israeli leadership faced a challenge to maintain the friendship in light of the President's insistence on re-establishing French influence in the Arab world. This book discusses their efforts and examines de Gaulle's uncompromising pursuit of French grandeur and the ramifications of this for the State of Israel.
Table of Contents
Part 1: From Friendship to Patronage, 1958-1962
1. Franco-Israeli Relations in the First Decade
2. The Continuation of the Tacit Alliance
3. France Changes the Rules of the Game – Economic Affairs
4. French Attempts to Pacify Nasser
5. French Withdrawal of Nuclear Aid to Israel
Part 2: From Cracks to a Breach, 1962–1967
6. Changes in De Gaulle's Foreign Policy
7. The Change in France's Attitude to Egypt
8. The Weakening of the Dual Policy
9. Israeli-Franco Relations and the Crisis of May-June 1967
10. The End of the Friendship
Gadi Heimann is a lecturer in the Department of International Relations at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.