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Statecraft In The Dark: Israel's Practice Of Quiet Diplomacy
Statecraft In The Dark: Israel's Practice Of Quiet Diplomacy
By Aharon Klieman
Westview Press, 1988, 156 pp.

"Quiet diplomacy" may not be the right term for the "back channel" contacts and negotiations, something between normal diplomacy (which can be quiet) and secret intelligence operations (which have to be), that the author sets out to define and describe. For Israel, anyway, such practices have been necessary to gain recognition and support, to weaken enemies and win allies, to rescue citizens or repatriate prisoners, and for many other reasons. Klieman's book is an introduction to the subject, a treatment in breadth rather than depth; the only case considered in any detail is the series of sub-rosa contacts with Jordan.