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By Colin Shindler

Israel's family members – or loss of them – with Muslim international locations during the center East and the Islamic international are topic to repeated research and scrutiny in either the media and academia. yet what have formerly been much less tested are Israel's relationships with the remainder of international: from the previous colonial states of england and France to the superpowers of the U.S. and Russia and to rising and local powers akin to China, India and Brazil. Conventionally visible as a country remoted from its Arab friends and irrevocably allied with the united states, Israel is tested the following within the mild of its efforts to bolster diplomatic ties with different powers, comparable to its makes an attempt to enhance fractious dating with post-World warfare II Germany and the ecu. making an allowance for the truth that family with Turkey have cooled considerably following the raid at the Gaza flotilla in 2008, Israel has been compelled to seem even additional for help and alliances. it truly is through Israel's family members with proven and emerging global powers that this ebook bargains important research for researchers of either heart East stories and diplomacy.

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Indd 18 6/26/2014 4:43:39 PM INTRODUCTION 19 Union. It was another to request leaving the USSR to join that fight. The Soviet Union quickly returned to its pro-Arab stand, its support for Israel having served its purpose of ejecting the British from the Middle East. Indeed the last years of Stalin famously discovered ‘Zionists’ amongst the leadership of the Communist parties of the East European peoples’ democracies. In January 1953 the Kremlin claimed to have uncovered a plot by mainly Jewish doctors to poison the Kremlin leadership.

The following month Putin agreed to supply nuclear fuel for Iran’s Bushehr reactor. Moreover Russia’s prevarications delayed discussions about sanctions directed at Iran by the UN. Russia has continued to provide short range surface to air missiles to the Iranians and supplies arms to Assad in the bitter Syrian civil war. Together with China it has steadfastly defended Bashar Assad at the United Nations. Furthermore, Russia denounced the publication of the Danish cartoons in 2005 depicting Mohammed and invited a Hamas delegation to Moscow shortly after its election victory in 2006.

40. PRO/FCO/17/1749/3909268/ Foreign Office Minute, Craig, 12 December 1972. 41. Behind much of the Israeli thinking on this issue was that Britain was a power in decline in the Middle East. In other words, in order to gain favour or influence in the Arab world Britain would pay with by using Israeli currency (working towards pressuring Israel into making political concessions to the Arabs). In the past Britain had bought favour with the Arabs using economic inducements along with defence treaties.

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