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May 25

In 1951, following the conclusion of a ceasefire with its Arab neighbours, the State of Israel finally emerged from a three-year "war of independence" - but unexpectedly, as a communist client state of the Soviet Union.

A Communist Israel, Part 1 - the Victims of Hitler's MadnessOtherwise Israel stood alone, and most likely would have been defeated by the overwhelming Arab forces that had been secretly supported by a sympathetic Great Britain.

And President Harry S. Truman had been forced to heed the advice of George Marshall (pictured). Because his Secretary of State had stated "If you (recognize the state of Israel) and if I were to vote in the election, I would vote against you".

Truman had been inclined to give the "victims of Hitler's madness" the opportunity to "build new lives". But the level-headed Marshall had publicly declared that "We are in the midst of a very critical situation. We should therefore carefully avoid approach international problems on an emotional basis". And on May 12th 1948, two days before the end of the British Mandate, Truman summoned Marshall to the White House to confirm that he was nevertheless planning to recognise the State of Israel. Marshall, who had already given assurances to Arab rulers that America would not, and exploded, accusing Truman of "a transparent dodge to win the Jewish Vote" and insisting "they don't need a state, they don't deserve a state, it isn't theres, its stolen that land". Click to watch PBS - 50 years war Israel and the Arab Episode One

In the midst of this fracture in the US leadership, Stalin now saw an opportunity to recognise Israel first. Only later did US foreign policy makers realise that America had "Lost Israel" giving the Soviet Union an unwelcome entry into the Middle East. And the weapons that would be used to defend Tel Aviv would arrive from Czechoslakia.

It would take three years of bitter fighting to win the war of independence. And ultimately, the actions of irregular forces, operating out of their Kibbutz communities who would imbue a genuinely Marxist-Leninist perspective into the victorious Zionist's psyche.

Meanwhile on the Zionists western flank, the huge military bases of the British Army would be repurposed - to protect the Suez Canal from this terrifying new communist threat to Western oil supplies..



May 27

In 1979, following weeks of intense (and often arm-twisting) diplomacy at his Gosdacha in Zavidovo, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (pictured) emerged to announce the conclusion of a peace settlement between its client state Israel and their Arab neighbours.

A Communist Israel, Part 2 - Zavidovo Gosdacha AccordsAs expected, Israel returned the Sinai Desert which it had seized in the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Also returned was the Golan Heights which Israel had seized in 1967. Because Israeli military success had so nearly engaged the superpowers when the defeated nations of Egypt and Syria had appealed to the United States for decisive intervention.

And so even at the height of the Cold War, both superpowers now realised that it was fundamentally unwise to fight their proxy wars in the Middle East. The region which generated the world's supply of oil already had enough conflict of its own.

And Brezhnev would succeed in defusing both sources of tension by forcing the warring parties to accept a Palestinian mini-state in the Gaza Strip. Afterwards, Egyptian Premier Anwar Sadat wisely noted that Israel's "the vein of life" lead to Russia - and it was this jugular that Brezhnev had threatened to cut in order to force a settlement upon the Zionists.



April 14

In 1989, the impending collapse of the Soviet Bloc forced the People's Republic of Israel to sign a new strategic partnership with China; this dramatic but not wholly unexpected move provoked bitter condemnation from both the United States and also the border states that were her Arab allies.

Stolen LandWhilst her Kibbutzim shared a natural community affinity with Israel's partners (old and new), the emergence of a Communist Israel was far from inevitable at the close of World War Two. Ironically, the hero of that conflict, George Marshall (pictured) was the senior leadership figure most directly responsible for the loss of both Israel and China.

President Truman had been inclined to give the "victims of Hitler's madness" the opportunity to "build new lives". But his Because his Secretary of State had countered "If you (recognize the state of Israel) and if I were to vote in the election, I would vote against you".

And on May 12th 1948, two days before the end of the British Mandate, Truman summoned Marshall to the White House to confirm that he was nevertheless planning to recognise the State of Israel. Marshall, who had already given assurances to Arab rulers that America would not, exploded, accusing Truman of "a transparent dodge to win the Jewish Vote" and insisting "they don't need a state, they don't deserve a state, it isn't theres, its stolen that land".

In the midst of this fracture in the US leadership, Stalin saw an opportunity to recognise Israel first. Only later did US foreign policy makers realise that America had "Lost Israel" giving the Soviet Union an unwelcome entry into the Middle East. And the weapons that would be used to defend Tel Aviv would arrive from Czechoslakia.

By the late eighties, it was clear that Soviet Union was no longer a reliable source of weaponry, because in Mikhael Gorbachev, Israel saw a weak leader who was pressing the self-destruct button. With the United States dependent on Arab Oil, America was determined to prevent China from arming Israel. It was a fateful foreign policy decision that would escalate into a major confrontation between the United States and China.



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