The Unspoken Alliance: Israels Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa

The Unspoken Alliance: Israel's Secret Relationship With Apartheid South Africa
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Realpolitik could get no more real. Among those in Israel who supported the arrangement with South Africa, these were clearly the crucial considerations. Most were probably not racists. This book cites several examples of Israeli diplomats who seem to have been genuinely appalled by apartheid, but believed their own national interest overrode this. One was Ambassador Yitzhak Unna, whose earliest encounter with a South African — who had refused to swim in the same pool as a Yemeni friend of his — ended in a punch-up. Unna went so far as to attack apartheid on South African TV he did it in Afrikaans, which he had taken the trouble to learn; apparently you could insult the Afrikaners as much as you wanted if you did it in their language.

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There may, however, have been more to it than this, especially as the relationship developed, and the two sides discovered they had more in common than a marriage of sheer convenience, or even necessity. As they did get to know each other, certain intriguing affinities emerged. Both countries found they had a common historical enemy in the old British Empire, for example, although neither of them would have been able to get as far as it had without it. Prime Minister D. One superficially obvious historical parallel was between the s Great Trek of Afrikaners, fleeing from the British across the Vaal River to found their own republic, and the Biblical Exodus.

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If you could get your head around the idea that God might have chosen two peoples, that was something else they shared. One motive behind this may have been to dislodge the older Jewish stereotype of a rather wussy people, all effete intellectuals and fat capitalists, and so almost ripe for persecution — which it certainly did. The settlements are evidence that it is still clearly very much alive in Israel today. Begin had apparently always favoured closer ties with the Afrikaners — whom no one had ever regarded as wusses.

True to his own military instincts — but also arising out of the obvious needs of both countries — the closest ties were between their respective defence staffs. Or was this just a propaganda ploy, to bring Cold Warriors like Reagan and Thatcher on board?

How to fight these two organisations became the subject of intense consultations between the two sides, at annual bilateral intelligence conferences and with exchanges of personnel.

Was it like that moment before a tsunami when the birds fly to the treetops and the animals head for the hills because they can feel it coming? Of course, fear and self-pity can both be real. Two minutes into any conversation, the Shadow would appear. The Shadow is not the Palestinians.

The worse the Palestinians are treated in the name of those fears, the bigger the Shadow grows, and then the fears grow with them; and the justifications for the treatment multiply. The attempts to shut down criticism are ominous, as is the language being used. To name just one example, such labels were applied wholesale to the Tutsis months before the Rwanda massacre began. A bit of chicken v egg going on here. Oh, and Dachau, unlike Auschwitz, was a work often to death concentration camp, not an extermination camp to gas Jews.

The Reich preferred to do that in the other subjugated countries they built them in. It is curious claim to blame Arab and Soviet for influencing the decision of African countries to severe relation with Israel.

There was moral component and there was solidarity of common experiences between Arab and Africa. If Israel wanted to return the lands that it seized from Arab, why it decided in first place to mount a preemptive strikes against Egypt and why it seized Golan after the UN agreed cease fire resolution.

If its intentions were so noble ,why it went to the extreme of killing the sailors and sinking the USS Liberty. Israel intention was clear from the days of Weizman talking in forked tongue one thing to Arab another to the supporters of the Zionist project. That double speak was the main characteristics of every Zionist leaders both military and civilian — Ben Guiron and Dayan and all other figures that succeeded in a Israeli politics. Before 6 day war, there were invasion by Israel and Lavon affairs.

The collusion with France and UK was not any anti colonial freedom movement. The expulsion of Arab from Nov to most of was no anti colonial gesture. The alliance between Israel and S Africa was the normal development of the process that included the partnership with dictatorial regimes of Latin America and Algeria occupying France.

When we were developing things together we usually gave the know-how and they gave the money. After , there was a love affair between the security establishments of the two countries and their armies. You had Israeli officers there cooperating with the army. The link was very intimate. Alongside the state-owned factories turning out materiel for South Africa was Kibbutz Beit Alfa, which developed a profitable industry selling anti-riot vehicles for use against protesters in the black townships.

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This sure helps to keep the cheques coming. Specifically, he says. Using these documents, Ilan Pappe has described detailed Israeli military planning beginning in if not before for the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza:. The Shaham plan also suggested names of people who should be appointed to the high posts in the future occupation. By May , the plan became operative and the actual appointment of military governors and military judges to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip moved to a more detailed stage…Each governor in May received a box Argaz.

Each box included instructions of how to govern an occupied Arab area; the Geneva and the Hague conventions; the Arabic translation of the emergency regulations; the book, The Occupation of Enemy Territory: A Commentary on the Law and Practice of Belligerent Occupation…. Although, in hindsight one can say that despite the elaborate preparations in practice an easier way was chosen: transferring the mode of rule according to the emergency regulations that were imposed on the Palestinians inside Israel between and and transplant them into the reality of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli interpretation of these regulations — in as well as in — gave unlimited control for a military governor over every aspect of life of the people in his area. In sum, the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, far from being the sort of unexpected development Polakow-Suransky and, to be fair, most other historians describes, was meticulously planned well in advance of the Six-Day War. This is the correct observation.

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Even this Guardian link points to that fact. This was the plan and it fitted perfectly well with the acquisition of the satellite pictures of Egyptian and Syrian military installations by Abba Eban from US. Henry, thanks for the background on the pre preparations by Israel. The Zionists had their sights on all of of Palestine decades before and had planned way ahead on achieving that vile objective.

I would like to clarify that the IDF, like many other armies, has many contingency plans which have instructions on how to deal with various future events. The fact that the IDF had plans deal with the occupation of the West Bank is not a proof that Israel was indeed had intention to occupy it, but to know how to deal with a situation in which Arab countries will lead to war in which the WB would be occupied by Israel. I believe that the IDF still has many contingency plans and still learn how to deal with various situations in the ME. The Shaham plan was first and only reported by one of the participants in a scholarly article.

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The memo, marked "top secret" and dated the same day as the meeting with the Israelis, has previously been revealed but its context was not fully understood because it was not known to be directly linked to the Israeli offer on the same day and that it was the basis for a direct request to Israel. In it, Armstrong writes: "In considering the merits of a weapon system such as the one being offered, certain assumptions have been made: a That the missiles will be armed with nuclear warheads manufactured in RSA Republic of South Africa or acquired elsewhere.

But South Africa was years from being able to build atomic weapons. A little more than two months later, on 4 June, Peres and Botha met in Zurich. By then the Jericho project had the codename Chalet. The top secret minutes of the meeting record that: "Minister Botha expressed interest in a limited number of units of Chalet subject to the correct payload being available. Minister Botha expressed his appreciation and said that he would ask for advice.

The use of a euphemism, the "correct payload", reflects Israeli sensitivity over the nuclear issue and would not have been used had it been referring to conventional weapons. It can also only have meant nuclear warheads as Armstrong's memorandum makes clear South Africa was interested in the Jericho missiles solely as a means of delivering nuclear weapons.

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In addition, the only payload the South Africans would have needed to obtain from Israel was nuclear. The South Africans were capable of putting together other warheads. Botha did not go ahead with the deal in part because of the cost. In addition, any deal would have to have had final approval by Israel's prime minister and it is uncertain it would have been forthcoming. South Africa eventually built its own nuclear bombs, albeit possibly with Israeli assistance.