Israel and the Western Powers, 1952-1960 (Paperback)
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Israel and the Western Powers, 1952-1960 (Paperback)

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In this study, Zach Levey provides a comprehensive analysis of the development of Israel's foreign policy during the critical years of the 1950s, focusing particularly on relations between the Jewish state and the three Western powers involved in the Middle East arms race--the United States, Great Britain, and France. Drawing extensively on recently declassified archival materials, Levey challenges traditional accounts of the nature and success of Israel's policy goals. By 1950 Israel's primary foreign policy objective was the creation of a bilateral strategic relationship with the United States. The country's leaders failed to achieve that goal, though, even after the Suez-Sinai campaigns of 1956. According to Levey, it was this failure that motivated Israel to cultivate ties with the West's other leading powers, France and Britain. But cooperation with these countries was not the outgrowth of a gradually developing strategic understanding with either one, he argues. Instead, Israel viewed its French and British connections only as temporary substitutes for the desired eventual arrangement with the United States.

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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807856406
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A solid work of scholarship, expertly researched and balanced."--"The International History Review"
"This is history as narrative, told with the skill of a trained story-teller. The product is literature. This is good news for both the specialist and for the general reader."--"Jerusalem Post"
"This book sheds new light on Israeli relations with France, Britain, and the United States before and after the Suez crisis. The author uses an impressive array of documents which have been released by the various governments and is able to employ them in a staggeringly detailed and comprehensive fashion."--Steven L. Spiegel, University of California, Los Angeles
"In this well-written and concise volume, Israeli scholar Zach Levey not only recounts Israel's quest for a firm patron-client relationship in the 1950s, but also describes what Israeli leaders sought to gain from such a relationship and what they thought they had to contribute to it."--"Diplomacy & Statecraft"
"A very readable and well-constructed study. Levey has made good use of newly released official documentation (and such new sources as Ben-Gurion's diaries) to make an important new contribution to the history of the formulation of Israeli foreign policy in the 1950s."--"British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies"

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