Spanish-Israeli Relations, 1956-1992 by Guy Setton
Ghosts of the Past and Contemporary Challenges in the Middle East (Studies in Spanish History)

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This is one of those books that not only sheds light on a too-much-ignored, perhaps even hidden, chapter in postwar international relations, but also on larger issues.
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Despite a common heritage dating back centuries and mutual national interests, such as their joint fear of Soviet influence across the Mediterranean, it took 38 years after the establishment of the State of Israel (1948) and a decade after Franco's death (1975) for relations to be established between Jerusalem and Madrid (1986). There was no apparent reason why both countries should not have established full diplomatic ties prior. By 1953, however, Israel began adopting a more pragmatic view. Post 1986 the ties between the two countries were overshadowed by strong international political forces – the Arab–Israeli conflict and the Israeli–Palestinian struggle – which delayed bilateral progress. Explaining the impact of these forces is key to understanding the relationship.
 

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Published February 1, 2016 by Sussex Academic Press. 285 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Martin Rubin on Jul 11 2016

This is one of those books that not only sheds light on a too-much-ignored, perhaps even hidden, chapter in postwar international relations, but also on larger issues.

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