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By Uri Bialer

Israel's political allegiance to the West is at the present time unquestioned. within the early years after 1948, even though, the course of Israel's overseas coverage remained doubtful. during this vital ebook, Dr. Bialer describes the inner debates in the Israeli political events, and especially the hugely ideological exertions flow, at the offerings between pro-Soviet, pro-Western or nonaligned international rules. utilizing lately declassified files, the writer has performed vast learn within the nation files and in different information; his account relies overwhelmingly on basic assets. This e-book examines the ideological elements of those debates in addition to extra fabric motivation elements: dependence on U.S. reduction, alternate hyperlinks with the Soviet bloc, reliance on Czech hands offers, 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 process for Israel to undertake; the lean in the direction of the West was once inevitable.

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More important, it can be seen that no drastic change has taken place in public opinion concerning foreign policy. If the government thinks of changes in the policy, or of changing the policy, it is clear that a carefully planned public campaign is essential. " 25 It is hardly surprising that Israel's representatives in Washington had found this situation extremely unsatisfactory. A typical reaction was transmitted to the Foreign Ministry early in February 1951: "I told you when I was in Israel," wrote an Israeli diplomat, "that a conspicuous gap has lately developed between our government and the public.

The Jews, as a nation, must therefore oppose Communism and be its mortal enemy; the unity of the Jewish people necessitates abolishing the Communist regime in the world. " Even more significant was the increased "need for foreign aid, or crudely - for dollars," necessitated by the influx of immigrants during the early years of the decade. In the reality of the cold war, when "the free world organizes its production, its exports, Publicism, Inter-Party Politics and Non-Alignment 43 its arms supplies, and its readiness for loans solely according to one consideration .

Shiz, "Thirteen Questions on the Russian Problem in our Midst" (September 1946); A. Levavi, "Descriptions of Russia and Zionist Realism" (June 1946); E. Livneh, "Hebrew Journalism and its Mission" (December 1947); "Foreign Policy and Freedom of Speech" (December 1948); "Achievement and Duty" (August 1950); and B. Shevivi, "On Silence" (July 1950) (all in Hebrew). 1948, LPA. Sharett and Ben Gurion were on the editorial committee, but their names were not publicized, in accordance with the Secretariat's decision.

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