Krammer Arnold - The forgotten friendship

Author : Krammer Arnold
Title : The forgotten friendship Israel and the Soviet Bloc, 1947-53
Year : 1974

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Preface. What men call friendship is only a reciprocal conciliation of interests, an exchange of good offices; it is simply a form of barter... La Rochefoucauld, Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims, 1678. THE SOVIET-ISRAELI friendship of 1947 and 1948 witnessed the astounding turnabout of Soviet policy from the Arab world to Israel and back again. The disintegration of that alliance, beginning in 1949 and continuing through the early 1950s, evolved into a hostile relationship which enormously complicated the preparation of this study. Any recollection of that alliance of 1948 is today a source of political embarrassment to both parties, a situation which often severely hampered my research, especially in Eastern Europe. Three research trips to the Middle East and the Soviet bloc in 1966, 1968, and 1969 provided the opportunity to examine official and private archives, as well as to interview the majority of surviving participants of the 1948 Israeli mission to Prague, former diplomats, and military leaders. I am sincerely grateful for their help. ...

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