Israeli Foreign Policy
A People Shall Not Dwell Alone
Published by: Indiana University Press
Uri Bialer lays a foundation for understanding the principal aspects of Israeli foreign policy from the early days of the state's existence to the Oslo Accords. He presents a synthetic reading of sources, many of which are recently declassified official documents, to cover Israeli foreign policy over a broad chronological expanse. Bialer focuses on the objectives of Israel's foreign policy and its actualization, especially as it concerned immigration policy, oil resources, and the procurement of armaments. In addition to identifying important state actors, Bialer highlights the many figures who had no defined diplomatic roles but were influential in establishing foreign policy goals. He shows how foreign policy was essential to the political, economic, and social well-being of the state and how it helped to deal with Israel's most intractable problem, the resolution of the conflict with Arab states and the Palestinians.
Part 1. The Historical Legacy
1. Jewish Diplomacy
2. The Foreign Relations of the Yishuv
3. A State in the Making
4. The War of Independence
Part 2. The Goals and the Test of Reality
5. "Our Raison d'Être"
6. A Land of Milk and Honey but No Oil
7. "Let My People Go"
Part 3. Strategic Relations
8. France—Weapons Recognition and Grandeur
9. Sub-Saharan Africa—Failed Expectations
10. The United States—The Chosen Venue
Part 4. Peace
11. Egypt—Diplomacy under the Shadow of the Sphinx
Epilogue: From Lake Success to Oslo
Bialer's book is an important compass for those standing on deck during this time of change, and a most useful theoretical framework for those who follow it from the ivory tower.~Ehud Eiran, Strategic Assessment
Internationally renowned historian of Israel's foreign relations, Uri Bialer provides a fundamental volume that studies the path of the Jewish state's foreign policy from its birth in 1948 to the Oslo accords in 1993.~Antonio Donno, Nuova Storia Contemporanea
A serious reader will put this book down having gained a very good sense of Israel's dealings with other nations in its early years.~Alan Dowty, author of Arabs and Jews in Ottoman Palestine
Every so often, one comes across a new piece of scholarship that makes a signal contribution to our knowledge on a given subject. Such is the case with Uri Bialer's book on Israeli foreign policy....Bialer's book is highly recommended for all those interested in the fundamentals of Israel's foreign policy, and it will almost certainly become a standard work on the subject.~Alfred Tovias, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs
Excellent and well-researched Israeli Foreign Policy: A People Shall Not Dwell Alone, provides any reader with an intelligent appraisal of landmarks in the history of Israel. It relies on fact and expertise – more public reality than public relations.~Colin Shindler, The Jerusalem Post
In his new and fascinating book, Uri Bialer examines Israel's confrontation in the international arena with some of the major challenges that have stood and still stand at its gates.~Shlomo Avineri, former Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Haaretz
Uri Bialer has brought together a comprehensive work that will appeal to those who wish to understand Israel, international relations, and the principals of policy making when global interests cannot be ignored.~Donna Robinson Divine, author of Exiled in the Homeland
Bialer's study provides a needed corrective to an American historiography that has been disproportionately preoccupied with questions surrounding the genesis and rationale of the special relationship between the United States and Israel. The strategic partnership between the two countries has undoubtedly been at the center of both Israeli and American geopolitical calculations in the region for the past six decades, but it is all too often portrayed as a patron-client relationship, whereby Israel as the junior partner is given little agency in defining the contours of the strategic partnership.~Sonja Wentling, Concordia College Moorhead, H-Diplo
No single volume can correct the record with regard to how Israeli foreign policy is developed and executed. A good place to start, however, is Uri Bialer's overview of Israeli foreign policy, a single address for the student and layperson interested in the history, dynamics and challenges of Israel's efforts to secure its place among the family of nations.~David Kurtzer, Israel Studies
If one seeks to learn about how the Jewish state has deployed its foreign policy for the benefit of the country, Bialer's book serves as a first-rate guide to this inquiry. It is sur to become a standard work on Israeli foreign policy for a long time to come.~David Rodman, Israel Affairs
A major book on Israel's foreign policy during the first 40 years of its independence.~Chalom Schirman, Politique étrangère
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UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies discusses"Israeli Foreign Policy: A People Shall Not Dwell Alone"
Professor Uri Bialer discussed his new book, Israeli Foreign Policy: A People Shall Not Dwell Alone (Indiana University Press, 2020), which lays a foundation for understanding the principal aspects of Israeli foreign policy from the early days of the state's existence to the Oslo Accords.