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The Unspoken Alliance: Israel's Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Rauer Buchschnitt, 25. Mai 2010
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“Hugely impressive . . . [Polakow-Suransky] probes in groundbreaking detail the illicit relationship Israel maintained with South Africa.”
—Dan Ephron, Newsweek
“The best-documented, most thorough, and most credible account ever offered of the secret marriage between the apartheid state and Israel . . . Polakow-Suransky is no knee-jerk critic of Israel, and he tells his story more in sorrow than in anger . . . [an] important new book.”
—Glenn Frankel, Foreign Policy
“[I]mportant, provocative, and occasionally disturbing.”
“A meticulously researched book that reads like a spy thriller . . . Polakow Suransky spent seven years on his project, conducting interviews with key players from Israel and South Africa, mining South Africa’s apartheid-era archive and resurrecting documents and articles that the Israeli Foreign Ministry would prefer remained forgotten. Rich with intrigue and shocking details but written without a trace of stridency, The Unspoken Alliance is the most authoritative account to date of Israel’s scandalous dealings with the apartheid regime of South Africa.”
—Max Blumenthal, The Nation
“Sasha Polakow-Suransky does an impressive job uncovering untold elements about the level and details of the South African and Israeli relationship . . . We should read this book, if only to see yet another example of the interconnectedness of our geopolitical affairs.”
—CSIS.org (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
“A deft, pacy and revealing account . . . admirably dispassionate.”
“In this path-breaking book, Sasha Polakow-Suransky traces the evolution of the alliance between Israel with apartheid South Africa from its murky beginning to its inglorious end following the transition to majority rule. The book is based on the most meticulous archival research supplemented by remarkably revealing interviews with decision-makers in several countries. It is a wise, elegantly written, and strikingly fair-minded book which deserves the widest possible readership.”
—Avi Shlaim, Professor of International Relations, Oxford University and author of The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World
“The Unspoken Alliance is interesting, unique and telling. Its lesson is very clear: Doing the right thing may also be the best political option. It also tells us that sometimes we need others to save us from ourselves.” —Yossi Beilin, former Israeli Minister of Justice and Director General of the Foreign Ministry
“This is a major, long overdue study of the rise and demise of one of the most intriguing alliances of our time, Israel’s hidden partnership with white South Africa. Dr. Polakow-Suransky has written a masterfully researched history that reads like a thriller unraveling the secrets of an alliance between two embattled societies under siege. Weaved into the author’s fascinating narrative lies the disturbing debate about the degree of moral end political congruence that might have existed between the two allies, Israel’s political and defense establishment on the one hand and the Afrikaner ‘master race’ on the other.”
—Shlomo Ben-Ami, Foreign Minister of Israel, 2000-2001
“An intensely observed, eye-opening book.”
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Sasha Polakow-Suransky is a senior editor at Foreign Affairs and holds a doctorate in modern history from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar from 2003 to 2006. His writing has apeared in The American Prospect, the International Herald Tribune, The New Republic, and Newsweek. He lives in Brooklyn.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The book makes a strong argument that Israel morally compromised itself by aligning so closely with South Africa and offers compelling evidence for this claim (including the first-person testimony of many Israeli diplomats and defense officials.) That claim is controversial and has upset many readers including some of the reviewers here on Amazon. Readers can decide for themselves what they personally conclude, but there is no question that the evidence and the arguments on all sides are presented fairly and professionally.
This book of course does not offer a final answer to every historical mystery (like the suspected nuclear test/ "VELA" flash of 1979) simply because much of this relationship still remains shrouded in secrecy and NO book can offer a definitive answer because so many documents are still classified.
What this book does offer is the most comprehensive picture and analysis of the Israeli-South African relationship ever written and dozens of new revelations and documents confirming them. If you are looking for serious scholarship rather than ideological point-scoring, read this book.
Great book if you are interested in middle east history. Very well written and very informative with documented evidence and sources. There is much history involving So. Africa, Israel,the US and other western powers with much back-room dealins and dramas involving nuclear weapons and support of evil regimes. I first discovered this book at my local library and enjoyed it so much I decided to add it to my own library. Many events that are happening today in these turbulent times will make more sense after this read. Hard to put this book down. I recommend it, and gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
Definitely recommended to anyone interested in learning more about Israeli foreign policy during the apartheid era.