‘Bid’ for Altalena: France's Covert Action in the 1948 War in Palestine

  title={‘Bid’ for Altalena: France's Covert Action in the 1948 War in Palestine},
  author={Meir Zamir},
  journal={Middle Eastern Studies},
  pages={17 - 58}
  • Meir Zamir
  • Published 1 January 2010
  • History
  • Middle Eastern Studies
Based on documents recently discovered in French archives, the article sheds new light on the role of France, especially of its Foreign Minister Georges Bidault, in providing arms and ammunition to the Etzel – the pre-state underground Zionist movement in Israel. The ship Altalena, which was sunk by the newly-formed Israel Defence Forces in the midst of the 1948 War of Independence, remains a centre of historiographical and political controversy in Israel. France's role in this affair is… 
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