'Joseph Heller is the doyen of historians of Zionist diplomacy. This book represents the crowning achievement of a lifetime devoted to study of the subject. It is the best-informed, most up-to-date, most thoroughly researched and most cogently argued analysis of Israel's relations with the superpowers between 1948 and 1967. Drawing on newly available Soviet, American and Israeli archival sources, it sheds light on the Cold War framework within which Israeli foreign policy was perforce conducted.'
Bernard Wasserstein, University of Chicago
'Joseph Heller's latest work has delved deeply into Israeli archives to uncover hitherto unpublished diplomatic correspondence which illuminates the evolution of Israeli policy during the maelstrom of superpower rivalry in the Middle East. Professor Heller describes the tortuous balancing acts that were performed between national interests and ideological necessity.'
Colin Shindler, SOAS, University of London
'Using Russian and Hebrew as well as European sources, Joseph Heller argues persuasively that Israeli leaders saw themselves "trapped" between the Soviet Union and the United States. Building to the climax of the 1967 war, this is an indispensable book.'
Wm. Roger Louis, University of Texas
The Arab-Israeli conflict cannot be properly understood without considering the larger context of the Cold War. Joseph Heller provides a comprehensive analysis of Israel's relationships with the United States and the Soviet Union from 1948 to 1967, showing how the fledgling state had to manoeuvre between the two superpowers in order to survive. Collating information from hundreds of sources, many of them unavailable to the general public, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars in international relations and political history, but also to the general reader, providing as it does a wide perspective of both Israel and the Arab countries and their interaction with the superpowers.