“At War with Israel”: East Germany’s Key Role in Soviet Policy in the Middle East

  title={“At War with Israel”: East Germany’s Key Role in Soviet Policy in the Middle East},
  author={Jeffrey Herf},
  journal={Journal of Cold War Studies},
  • J. Herf
  • Published 14 October 2014
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Cold War Studies
The Middle East was one of the crucial battlefields of the global Cold War between the Soviet Union and the West; it was also a region in which East Germany played a salient role in the Soviet bloc’s antagonism toward Israel. From 1953, when the German Democratic Republic (GDR) signed its first trade agreement with Egypt, until 1989, when the Communist regime in the GDR collapsed, East Germany opposed the state of Israel and supported Israel’s enemies in the Arab world, providing arms, training… 
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