A revealing account of how Israel's booming arms industry and
apartheid South Africa's international isolation led to a secretive
military partnership between two seemingly unlikely allies.
Prior to the Six-Day War, Israel was a darling of the international
left: socialist idealists like David Ben-Gurion and Golda Meir
vocally opposed apartheid and built alliances with black leaders in
newly independent African nations. South Africa, for its part, was
controlled by a regime of Afrikaner nationalists who had
enthusiastically supported Hitler during World War II.
But after Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories in 1967,
the country found itself estranged from former allies and
threatened anew by old enemies. As both states became international
pariahs, their covert military relationship blossomed: they
exchanged billions of dollars' worth of extremely sensitive
material, including nuclear technology, boosting Israel's sagging
economy and strengthening the beleaguered apartheid regime.
By the time the right-wing Likud Party came to power in 1977,
Israel had all but abandoned the moralism of its founders in favor
of close and lucrative ties with South Africa. For nearly twenty
years, Israel denied these ties, claiming that it opposed apartheid
on moral and religious grounds even as it secretly supplied the
arsenal of a white supremacist government.
Sasha Polakow-Suransky reveals the previously classified details of
countless arms deals conducted behind the backs of Israel's own
diplomatic corps and in violation of a United Nations arms embargo.
Based on extensive archival research and exclusive interviews with
former generals and high-level government officials in both
countries, "The Unspoken Alliance "tells a troubling story of Cold
War paranoia, moral compromises, and Israel's estrangement from the
left. It is essential reading for anyone interested in Israel's
history and its future.
"From the Hardcover edition."
Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate?
Let us know about it.
Does this product have an incorrect or missing image?
Send us a new image.
Is this product missing categories?
Add more categories.
Review This Product
No reviews yet - be the first to create one!