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Israeli-Romanian Relations at the End of the Ceausescu Era.

By Yosef Govrin published by Frank Cass ISBN 07146 52342 price 35.00 [pounds sterling] Hardback

Israeli-Romanian relations at the end of the Ceausescu Era is a first-hand documentary source for all those interested in the recent history of Romania's relations with Israel, the USA, Russia and Hungary. It is based on diaries and political reports written by the author during his term as the Israeli Ambassador to Romania, and makes public for the first time political assessments concerning the main events that gradually lead to Ceausescu's internal and external policies, to his execution and, finally, to the collapse of his regime at the end of 1989.

This book examines the daily diplomatic activity in a rigid communist regime which aimed to deepen Israel's dialogue with the Romanian leadership--the only one within the Communist bloc not to have broken with Israel following the Six Day War--on ways to settle the Israeli-Arab conflict. The Israeli-Romanian dialogue prepared the ground for the Madrid conference on peace in the Middle East, while at the same time extending economic-cultural ties between the two countries, fostering close relations between Israel and the local Jewish communities, and combating manifestations of anti-Semitism and Romanian historians' denial of the Holocaust of Jews under Romania's fascist regime.
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Author:Rhodes, Fred
Publication:The Middle East
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Sep 1, 2002
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