Israel’s Clandestine Diplomacies

Title:                      Israel’s Clandestine Diplomacies

Author:                 Clive Jones

Jones, Clive (2013) and Tore T. Petersen, eds. Israel’s Clandestine Diplomacies. New York, NY: Oxford University Press

LCCN:    2013014398

DS119.6 .I7776 2013

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Notes

  • Originally papers presented at the conference “From the Centre to the Periphery: Israel, Clandestine Diplomacy and the Modern Middle East” held at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, between 9 and 10 May 2011.

Date Posted:      March 31, 2016

Reviewed by Joshua Sinai, Ph. D.[1]

The contributors to this important volume on intelligence studies examine significant episodes in Israel’s practice of clandestine diplomacy since the country’s pre-state period in the 1920s. Interestingly, like the practice by governments of clandestine relations in general, Israel’s practitioners of this type of covert diplomacy also based the relations with their counterparts on personal and kinship ties, as well as realpolitik considerations. These clandestine episodes also confirm their importance in securing Israel’s objectives than the reliance upon more formal diplomatic ties which might be constrained by various international legal obligations. Case studies cover episodes such as the Jewish Agency for Palestine’s covert ties with Transjordan’s Emir Abdullah from 1922 to 1939, intelligence collaboration between the Jewish Agency and Britain from 1939 to 1945, Israel’s back-door diplomacy with Turkey from 1957 to 1960, West German-Israeli intelligence and military cooperation between 1957 and 1982, Track II diplomatic dealings between “dovish” Israeli and Palestinian leaders during the period of 1996 and 2000, and Israel’s clandestine negotiations with Syria from 1991 to 2000.

[1] Sinai, Joshua in The Intelligencer: Journal of U. S. Intelligence Studies (20, 2, Fall/Winter, 2013, pp. 121-122). These reviews present books which examine national security issues that need to be considered in terrorism and counterterrorism analysis. Joshua Sinai is a Washington, DC-based consultant on counterterrorism studies. He can be reached at: Joshua.sinai@ comcast.net.

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