Monday, May 24, 2010

Israel and apartheid: a marriage of convenience and military might

(Cartoon by Carlos Latuff)

Secret documents revealing offer to sell nuclear warheads to South Africa cast fresh light on alliance

Chris McGreal in Washington, Sunday 23 May 2010

"It's the relationship that never was. Kept to the shadows, it was shielded behind secret agreements and disinformation that dressed up military cooperation as mining deals.

But when the spotlight occasionally flickered over one of the most intimate and enduring alliances of the postwar years, Israel was quick to underplay its deep military ties with apartheid South Africa as nothing more than a necessity of survival without a flicker of ideological affinity.

But as is shown by Sasha Polakow-Suransky's book, The Unspoken Alliance, that relationship went beyond mere convenience......"

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