Born amidst the ruin of the Second World War and into the Cold War environment of machtpolitik, Israel has since its earliest existence commanded a place on the international stage out of all relation to its size, population or ambitions. This volume examines Israel's experience in foreign affairs in its fifty years of statehood. Contributors ask to what extent an Israeli foreign policy can be said to be a Zionist foreign policy and analyse Israel's international role in the Cold War era.
Introduction: Toward Distant Frontiers: The Course of Israeli-Diplomacy Sasson Sofer Part 1: Israel and the Great Powers 1. David Ben-Gurion’s Zionist Foreign Policy, 1938-1948: The Democratic Factor Allon Gal 2. Influence and Arms: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and the Politics of Arms Sales to Israel, 1962-66 Abraham Ben-Zvi 3. Indirect Pressure: Moscow and the End of the British Mandate in Palestine Arich J. Kochavi 4. Blocking Peace: Britain and the Israeli-Jordanian conflict 1949-51 Jonathan Sless 5. The Effects of Changes in the International Environment on the future of the Middle East Benny Miller Part 2: Israel and the West 6. The PLO Factor in Euro-Israeli Relations, 1964-1992 Rory Miller 7. Some Trade Effects of the EMU Process on Israel Tal Sadeh 8. The Road to the Israeli-Spanish Rapprochement Jacob Abadi 9. The ‘Good-natured Bastard’: Canada and the Middle East Refugee Question David H. Goldberg and Tilly R. Shames Part 3: Asian Relationships 10. The Republic of China and Israel, 1911-2003 Jonathan Goldstein 11. Israel-India Relations: Seeking Balance and Realism P.R. Kumaraswamy 12. Japan and Israel: An Evaluation of Relationship-Building in the Context of Japan’s Middle East Policy Raquel Shaoul Part 4: Israel and the Jewish World 13. Towards a Conceptual Framework of World Jewish Politics: State, Nation, and Diaspora in Jewish Foreign Policy Shmuel Sandler 14. Post-Zionism in the Oslo-Era and the Implications for the Diaspora Danny Ben-Moshe Abstracts