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Israel and the Soviet Union: Alienation or Reconciliation
Israel and the Soviet Union: Alienation or Reconciliation
By Arthur Jay Klinghoffer, with Judith Apter
Westview Press, 1985, 303 pp.

A survey of Soviet-Israeli relations from the time when the U.S.S.R. supported the establishment of Israel's independence in 1947-48. Although diplomatic relations have been broken since 1967, the author shows how many contacts there have been, from conversations at the foreign minister level to the visits of individuals and delegations. He takes account of the centrality of the issue of Jewish emigration from the U.S.S.R., and of the fact that in other respects the bilateral relationship is largely a reflection of each party's policies toward the Arab world and toward the U.S. In a text overburdened with detail, and stronger on the Israeli than on the Soviet side, the author helps clarify the picture by asking the right questions at the beginning of each chapter; but unfortunately many of them are not, or cannot be, answered.