In This Review

Israel and Europe: An Appraisal in History
Israel and Europe: An Appraisal in History
By Howard M. Sachar
Alfred A. Knopf, 1999, 416 pp.

Sachar reviews Israel's diplomatic history from the perspective of the Jewish state's multifaceted relationship with Europe. While especially effective in tracing Israeli relations with Germany, France, and the Soviet Union, Sachar goes much further to assess Israel's ties with Turkey and many of the smaller European states. To Sachar's credit, the book is not just a country-by-country study. Transnational issues also receive their due, including negotiations with the European Community and the Catholic Church and the European response to Palestinian-related terrorism played out in Europe. He presents Israel in a somewhat triumphalist tone and at times depicts Europeans who question Israeli policy as feckless, but the factual richness of his account demands attention. Alas, the reader wishing to check the many significant quotations or interpretations is stymied by the lack of footnotes.