This book provides new insights into a period of fundamental change in Israel and the Middle East. It explains how the Israeli government failed to effectively handle the integration of new emigres from the Soviet Union, and how it alienated traditional Likud supporters among Oriental Jews in Israel. Clive Jones's argument is that, by placing its ideological commitment to the retention of the West Bank above other priorities, the Likud leadership made itself beholden to the United States for financial assistance which was then denied. The resulting fundamental change in the composition and orientation of the Israeli political leadership has had a major influence on the course of the Arab-Israeli peace process.
Lively, well written and theoretically sophisticated, Soviet Jewish Aliyah 1989-92: Impact and Implications for Israel and the Middle East is valuable for students of Israeli immigration and for anyone interested in understanding the implications of international migration within a detailed context of political relations on the national and international level. Steven Gold, Michigan State University, International Migration Review "well organized and thoroughly researched, this monograph provides a useful historical overview of the complex dynamics of the Soviet Aliyah." Garth Katner, Ph.D., St. Norbert College, Digest of Middle East Studies MESA Bulletin "...arguably the best study of this critical period." Studies in Contemporary Jewry- " This short presentation of the exodus is carefully structured, well documented and ...accurate