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Israel's relations with the East European states : from disruption (1967) to resumption (1989-91).
Govrin, Yosef.
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London ; Portland, OR : Vallentine Mitchell, 2009.
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ix, 322 p. ; 24 cm.
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0853038937, 9780853038931
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imprint
London ; Portland, OR : Vallentine Mitchell, 2009.
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0853038937
9780853038931
catalogue key
7405928
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-09-01:
Govrin (Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem), following a brief introduction, chronicles the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and six former Soviet-bloc states: Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, the German Democratic Republic, Hungary, and Poland. Surprisingly, calling it a member of the "Communist bloc," Govrin includes Yugoslavia in his survey. This overlooks the fact that Yugoslavia, unlike the others, was not dominated by Moscow, nor did it follow Moscow's lead on foreign policy. Focusing on the chronology of diplomatic and other formal exchanges, each chapter is limited mainly to the period between the Six-Day War in 1967, when several states broke with Israel, and the resumption of diplomatic relations in the late 1980s and early 1990s. An eight-page epilogue ticks off Israel's grievances regarding anti-Semitism in Eastern European states and Russian arms sales to Israel's opponents in the Middle East. For several decades, Govrin was in the Israeli diplomatic service. Not surprisingly, the book presents these brief histories solely from the Israeli point of view. The sources are almost exclusively Israeli. There is a list of Hebrew-language sources. The book can be recommended for those interested in the Israeli perspective on formal aspects of Israel's diplomacy. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and undergraduate students. R. P. Peters University of Massachusetts at Boston
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In the years 198991 Israel renewed its diplomatic relations with the USSR, Bulgaria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Poland and Czechoslovakia, relations which were severed subsequent to the Six Day War, and diplomatic relations with Albania were established for the first time. Talks with East Germany came to nothing due to East Germanys refusal to recognize its part in paying restitutions to Israel for its involvement in the persecution of Jews during the Nazi rule, and due to the approaching German reunification process. The author, who served in those years as Deputy Director General of Israels Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of East and Central Europe, and who took part in these processes, documents, for the first time, the chain of contacts between Israel and the countries of East-Central Europe (except for the USSR) which led up to renewing diplomatic relations between them. Govrin also deals with their hostile policies towards Israel in the international and Middle Eastern arena,
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In the years 1989-1991, Israel renewed its diplomatic relations with the USSR, Bulgaria, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Poland, and Czechoslovakia - relations which were severed subsequent to the Six Day War. Diplomatic relations with Albania were established for the first time. Talks with East Germany came to nothing due to East Germany's refusal to recognize its part in paying restitutions to Israel for its involvement in the persecution of Jews during the Nazi rule, and due to the approaching German reunification process. Author Yosef Govrin served in those years as Deputy Director General of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in charge of East and Central Europe, and took part in the diplomatic process. Govrin documents, for the first time, the chain of contacts between Israel and the countries of East-Central Europe (except for the USSR) which led up to renewing diplomatic relations between them. Govrin also deals with the hostile policies towards Israel in the international and Middle Eastern arena, anti-Semitism against their Jewish minorities, and the status of their Jewish communities during the break in diplomatic relations and in the time that followed. East European political and economic motivations to improve relations with Israel are also examined, from the mid-1980s towards a gradual renewal of diplomatic relations, together with their liberation from their dependence on the USSR and their transition from a Communist regime to a liberal one.
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Here, the author documents the chain of contacts between Israel and the countries of East-Central Europe (except for the USSR) which led up to renewing diplomatic relations between them in the years 1989-91.

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