Eisenhower and Israel - U.S.-Israeli Relations, 1953-1960

Alteras, Isaac

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 In this examination of U.S.-Israeli relations during a crucial stage of their evolution, Alteras breathes life into the political figures whose motivations and decisions helped shape the two countries' attitudes toward each other today.  

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"Incorporates the most authoritative scholarship and exploits recently released archives. . . . This multi-layered analysis should be must reading for a wide audience."--Richard H. Immerman, Temple University

"Alteras writes fairly and intelligently. . . . His book is a welcome addition to the literature on American foreign policy in the Eisenhower years."--Robert A. Divine, University of Texas at Austin

This first detailed analysis of early U.S.-Israeli relations draws on recently declassified documents from both countries, most notably Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion's diaries and correspondence and the Israeli State Archives.  Alteras explores the relations between the United States and Israel during the Eisenhower administration in the context of U.S. interests in the Arab Middle East and devotes considerable attention to the impact of American Jewry on Eisenhower's and Dulles's policies toward Israel.
 Among the controversies this book will be important in resolving:  who promised what to whom in the interchanges that preceded the 1956 invasion of Suez, and exactly what the relationship was among Israel, France, and Britain.  With persuasive support from primary sources, Alteras argues that although Ben-Gurion understood that Israel stood to lose the most in the event of failure, the British and French were at least as much to blame for the debacle that followed as were the Israelis.
 Further, Alteras shows that Eisenhower and Dulles agreed fully on U.S. policy toward Israel and that the secretary of state consulted the president at every stage of policy implementation.  He indicates that although Eisenhower at times questioned the wisdom of Truman's decision to recognize the Jewish state, Eisenhower never tampered with that decision or with the U.S. commitment to Israel's survival.  Alteras also details the manner in which organized American Jewry successfully lobbied Congress to thwart the administration's attempts to impose economic sanctions on Israel in the aftermath of the Sinai campaign.
 In this examination of U.S.-Israeli relations during a crucial stage of their evolution, Alteras breathes life into the political figures whose motivations and decisions helped shape the two countries' attitudes toward each other today.

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The emergency meeting of the General Assembly was scheduled to begin on November 1 at 5:30 p.m.  A meeting between Eban and Dulles, the first since the eruption of the [Sinai] crisis, was set for earlier that day.  Before the meeting, in a telephone conversation with Golda Meir and Shimon Peres, Eban inquired about the military situation and received a glowing report of military success.  Israeli forces, Meir told him, were now ten miles from the Suez Canal.  The Gaza Strip was about to fall, and the Egyptian army was collapsing in retreat. . . .  Eban had the unenviable task of trying to extricate his country from an unforeseen and most difficult political situation.  The news from the battlefield raised his spirits:  it would be very useful for the upcoming meeting with the secretary of state.


 

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