This title represents a comprehensive study of Israel's attempts to build diplomatic relations with countries on the Asian continent. The author argues that, despite the persistence of the Arab Israeli conflict, the Israeli Foreign Ministry was remarkably successful in gaining recognition in most Asian countries. He provides an overview of Israel's relations with Asian countries from 1948 until the present, and analyses the political, social and economic factors in each country and the role that each played in the process of rapprochement with Israel. He explores the reasons for Israel's successes as well as its failures, and analyses the flaws in Israeli diplomacy.
Introduction Part 1: The Middle East Periphery 1. Turkey: Low-profile Diplomacy 2. Iran: From Tacit Cooperation to Open Hostility Part 2: East Asia 3. China and Taiwan: Between the Hammer and the Anvil 4. Japan: Overcoming the Arab Boycott 5. In the Shadow of the Korean Conflict Part 3: South-East Asia 6. Burma: From Honeymoon to Balanced Relationship 7. Singapore: Garrison States Connection . Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia: Diplomacy in a Disputed Region 9. Thailand: Relations with an American Ally 10. The Philippines: Relations with a Former US Colony Part 4: South Asia 11. India: In the Shadow of Nonalignment 12. Sri Lanka: The Tacit Connection 13. Nepal: Between the Giants of Asia Part 5: The Muslim States of Asia 14. Pakistan: Between Pragmatism and Islam 15. Indonesia: Diplomacy in the Dark 16. Malaysia: A Diplomatic Blunder Part 6: The Caucasus and Central Asia 17. Israel and the Great Game in Asia Conclusion Select Bibliography