Yosef Govrins book is very beneficial for anyone interested in Romanian-Israel relations and will serve as the basis for further studies of this type." - Nativ.
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Yosef Govrin was the Israeli Ambassador to Romania in the twilight of the communist era. Govrin describes Israeli-Romanian relations as he observed them from 1985 to 1989 after which the leader of Romania was deposed. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
1st English ed. - London ; Portland, OR : Frank Cass, 1998.
Book — xxxvi, 347 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Part 1 From severance of diplomatic relations in February 1953 to their renewal in July
1953: idealogical and psychological aspects of the USSR's decision to sever its relations with Israel-- changes in Soviet internal and foreign policy after Stalin's death and the resumption of Israeli-Soviet diplomatic relations.
Part 2 Bilateral relations - from their resumption to their severance: Israel between East and West-- phases in the USSR's attitude towards Israel, 1953-1967-- trade relations-- cultural and scientific relations-- "Aliyah", emigration from the USSR and eastern Europe to Israel.
Part 3 The Jewish problem in the USSR: continuity and change in Soviet policy regarding the National Question and its attitude towards the Jewish nationality in the USSR-- the national awakening of the Jews in the USSR and Israel's dissemination of information among them-- the struggle on behalf of Jews in the USSR.
Part 4 The impact of the East-West superpowers' confrontation on the Arab-Israeli conflict and on Israeli-Soviet relations: the Middle East in the Soviet strategy-- the USSR's policy during and after the Sinai Campaigh-- Soviet proposals for the prevention of world war and improvement of relations between states-- intensification of Soviet activity in the Arab states and intensification of tension-- the Six Day War and the breach of Soviet-Israeli diplomatic relations.
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Yosef Govrin was formerly Israeli ambassador to Romania (1985-89) and ambassador to Austria, Slovakia, Slovenia and to the UN in Vienna (1993-95). Since retirement in 1996 he has been a research fellow at the L. Davies Institute of International Relations at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Govrin has based his research on a comprehensive selection of foreign policy documents, diplomatic reports, official statements and commentaries, interviews, press reports, memoirs and parliamentary debates. He presents a detailed account of the fascinating relationship between Israel and the Soviet Union. His work analyses the era from the month preceding Stalin's death to the weeks following the Six Day War - one of severance, resumption and then severance again- along two parallel processes. On the one hand, commercial, cultural and tourist links were formed and there was a gradual increase in the number of exit permits granted to Jews to emigrate to Israel. On the other hand, there emerged a number of areas of confrontation, most notably the Soviet policy in the Middle East aimed at forming a united Arab anti-western front in the face of Israel's wish to entrench its security and independence with western assistance, and Israel's fight for the cause of Soviet Jews. This book won the Israel's Prime Minister's Prize in 1991 when first published in Hebrew. (source: Nielsen Book Data)