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The Unspoken Alliance: Israel's Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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 blac
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ebook, 352 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Vintage (first published 2010)
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Kyle
A remarkable account of an oft-overlooked story in modern political history. The author remains objective while discussing a touchy subject, and remains careful to avoid making blanket judgments. Instead, using a variety of sources, Polkalow tells the sadly unsavory tale of a political alliance forged in the nuclear era between a regime bent on oppressing its native peoples, and a new nation with few friends, endless enemies, and few options for peace.
Alex Yalen
Aug 15, 2015 Alex Yalen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a fascinating account the complicated relationship -- alliance -- between Israel and apartheid-era/Cold War South Africa. The relationship was almost entirely rooted around the arms trade, which provided a huge shot in the arm to Israel's economy and effectively ensured SA would be able to keep itself armed despite widespread international isolation/sanctions. Everyone won.

Except that the powers that be in SA were largely Nazi sympathizers; and within Israel, the idea of supporting apart
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Orde
Nov 25, 2014 Orde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Towards the end of the book the author states that it "does not seek to draw a comparison between contemporary Israel and the old South Africa but, rather, to document the development and the demise of an extensive and lucrative military alliance". And he does just that.

He tells the story of Israels relations to South Africa, first rather reluctantly under the Israeli Labor Party and before the Yom Kippur War in 1973. But already after the Six Day War in 1967 Israel looses sympathies within the
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Jeffrey Cavanaugh
An informative, in-depth examination of the rise and fall of Israel's secret military alliance with apartheid South Africa. It will become the 'go-to' book on this topic for some time to come.
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