Soviet Policy toward Israel under Gorbachev

Synopsis

Mikhail Gorbachev's rise to power in 1985 signalled the beginning of significant improvements in Soviet-Israeli relations--thoroughly examined in this well-researched volume. Based on an analysis of Soviet behavior and interviews with Israeli and Soviet Foreign Ministry officials and PLO leaders, Freedman describes how eased tensions between the Soviet Union and Israel have been evidenced and analyzes the Soviet Union's reasons for advancing diplomatic relations with Israel. His identification of three primary goals which motivated the Soviets' efforts recognizes their desire to become more actively involved in the Middle East peace process and to favorably influence domestic and worldwide opinion.

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