Shimon Peres and the French-Israeli Alliance, 1954–9

  title={Shimon Peres and the French-Israeli Alliance, 1954–9},
  author={Guy Ziv},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={406 - 429}
  • G. Ziv
  • Published 1 April 2010
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Contemporary History
The years 1954 to 1959 mark the pinnacle in Israeli-French strategic relations. During this period, France did what no other major power was willing to do: it sold massive quantities of high-quality arms to the fledgling Jewish state, thereby dramatically shifting the Middle Eastern balance of power in Israel's favor. This article attempts to demonstrate that the ‘French connection’ was far from an inevitable consequence of mutual interests; rather, it was largely the brainchild of Shimon Peres… 
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