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Prior to the Six-Day War, Israel was a darling of the international left, vocally opposed to apartheid and devoted to building alliances with black leaders in newly independent African nations. South Africa, for its part, was controlled by a regime of Afrikaner nationalists who had enthusiastically supported Hitler during World War II. But after Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories in 1967, the country found itself estranged from former allies and threatened anew by old enemies. As both states became international pariahs, a covert—and lucrative—military relationship blossomed between these seemingly unlikely allies. 

Based on extensive archival research and exclusive interviews with former generals and high-level government officials in both countries, The Unspoken Alliance tells a troubling story of Cold War paranoia, moral compromises, and startling secrets.

Paperback, 336 pages

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The Unspoken Alliance: Israel's Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa

If you live in a dangerous neighbour as Israel is with no alliances, no friends than you associate with whoever is available. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.... I visited recently in Johannesburg. Anybody who thinks that the Blacks in SA are better off compared to Apartheid is either blind or deaf. The Whites are fleeing the country. Is Zimbabwe better off than Rhodesia? Thus if the starting point of the book is that Apartheid SA is evil and Israel is evil, two Satan’s, the rest is irrelevant. Israel was always a kind of democracy that gave equality to all, Arabs too. The recent events in Egypt underscore the repression of Arab population in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia, Libya etc. Nobody wrote a book about the suffering of 100 million Arabs while Israel with seven millions deserved hundreds of books. So what if Israel had diplomatic relations with SA, commerce etc? Between 164 and 1967 Israel had two field hospitals in remote Iranian area and a mission of eye care to a number of African states. Thousands of Africans had their vision restored. Nobody wrote a book about that. Save a child’s heart in Israel just did 2500 open-heart surgeries on international children free of charge including many Africans and Palestinians. Israel sold last year 2.5 billion dollars of military equipment to India. Does it mean that Israel approves what India is doing in Kashmir? This book is irrelevant and may interest only Desmond Tutu.

**Amazon February 17, 2011**

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Impeccable research, artful writing, sane conclusions

This book traces the birth, adolescence, and death of the decades-long secret alliance between Israel and South Africa. Based on years of archival research and hundreds of interviews with Israelis and South Africans, it carefully documents the ways in which the two pariah states--facing international criticism and domestic difficulties--engaged in mutually beneficial relations (mostly for economic reasons). Along the way, the reader meets a diverse cast of shady and colorful characters, giving the book something of a spy-novel feel. It's important to note that Polakow-Suransky is no lefty Israel-basher--far from it, in fact--and the final chapter on the Israel-Apartheid analogy is the most thoughtful and balanced take I’ve ever seen. It's hard to think of anyone who wouldn't enjoy this book.

**Amazon May 25, 2010**