Between East and West: Israel's Foreign Policy Orientation by Uri Bialer

By Uri Bialer

Israel's political allegiance to the West is this day unquestioned. within the early years after 1948, in spite of the fact that, the course of Israel's international coverage remained doubtful. during this vital booklet, Dr. Bialer describes the interior debates in the Israeli political events, and especially the hugely ideological hard work move, at the offerings between pro-Soviet, pro-Western or nonaligned international guidelines. utilising lately declassified files, the writer has performed large examine within the nation documents and in different information; his account relies overwhelmingly on fundamental assets. This e-book examines the ideological elements of those debates in addition to extra fabric motivation elements: dependence on U.S. relief, exchange hyperlinks with the Soviet bloc, reliance on Czech fingers provides, and the measure of freedom allowed to the Soviet and East ecu Jewish groups to to migrate to Israel. Dr. Bialer concludes that there has been no replacement method for Israel to undertake; the lean in the direction of the West used to be inevitable.

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Several members of Mapai, led by Eliezer Livneh, campaigned for their position in the monthly Beterem, which was not formally owned by the party although most of its writers were party members. They rejected neutrality in the international ideological area, advocating open ideological and political war against Communism. 2 This monthly apart, party publications were quite cautious in matters concerning the Soviet Union until mid-1948. In March of that year the Mapai Secretariat decided to open a daily newspaper, Hador, a decision prompted by the difficulty of properly expressing party positions in Davar, the official newspaper of the entire Histadrut, especially in view of the circulation of Mapam's new newspaper, Al Hamishmar.

1948, LPA. Sharett and Ben Gurion were on the editorial committee, but their names were not publicized, in accordance with the Secretariat's decision. 1949, LPA and M. Bar Am's letter to Z. 1948, Z. Onn files, LPA. 5 See, for example, M. 1949, LPA. 1949, LPA. Publicism, Inter-Party Politics and Non-Alignment 37 concerned with the problem ot Hador but in fact ranging over a variety of international issues) produced unanimity about Livneh's tone. " 7 But despite the feeling of the majority that the line reflected in the paper was dangerously exaggerated, serious disagreement arose over questions of principle, and particularly over the permissible framework of reference with regard to issues related to the Soviet Union.

Our staying within the present International highlights the contrast between us and the West. " As expressed by Moshe Sharett, this position was consistent with a policy of non-intervention in the global conflict in any form: "We are not altering our non-aligr ment policy; by leaving [the Trade Unions' International] we are only refining it. " A second group demanded a full strategic turnabout, to be expressed by total affiliation with the Western camp. Underpinning this view were considerations related to Israel's economy and security, as well as reasons related to aliyah and to ideology.

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