Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. vii

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Preface

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p. ix

This volume is the last in my trilogy on the history of Canada- Israel diplomatic relations. The first, Canada and Palestine: The Politics of Non-Commitment (Jerusalem: Israel Universities Press), covered the period leading up to...

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Note on Sources

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p. x

This work is based on primary sources from the files of the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa (NA), the Israel State Archives in Jerusalem (ISA), official publications of the Canadian and Israeli governments, and the House of...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

Canada has a quasi-respectable status in the international arena that is in itself something of an achievement given the atmosphere within the realm of international relations during the twentieth and into the twenty-first century...

PART ONE: THE DIEFENBAKER REGNUM

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1 Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose

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pp. 9-19

The Sinai-Suez war of October-November 1956 can be viewed as the swan song of the imperial powers of the previous century. The conflict ended the Victorian mindset of "send a gunboat" to quell the natives and sedate their...

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2 Diefenbaker's Helmsmanship

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pp. 21-35

The events that occurred in 1958 did not affect the basic policy tenets of impartiality vis-a-vis the Middle East in general and Israel in particular. At the beginning of 1959,Walter Eytan, director-general of Israel's Foreign Office, visited...

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3 Caution in a Nuclear Minefield

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pp. 37-42

Israel's need to advance to the forefront of science and technology for its economic and military survival in a hostile Levant was taken to be axiomatic. This push necessitated canvassing Western powers regarded as advanced, especially in nuclear...

PART TWO: THE PEARSON ERA

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4 The Pearson Primeministership

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pp. 45-54

A fortnight after the election of 8 April 1963 that formally ended the Diefenbaker reign, Lester B. Pearson was sworn in as Liberal prime minister. This event heralded an era in which bilingualism and biculturalism were highlighted...

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5 Commons and Crisis: A Case Study

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pp. 55-67

The extent to which a crisis envelops a country and its national legislature is contingent on that country's degree of concern and involvement. In the late spring of 1967, the crisis and pending outbreak of hostilities in the third explosive round...

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6 War and a Wary Ottawa

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pp. 69-79

The year 1967 had prospects of hope and fulfillment for Canadians as the dominion entered its second century enveloped with promising kismet; the northern titan was the world's second largest territorial sovereign entity...

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7 Post Conflict and Compromise

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pp. 81-86

The Six Day War formally ended on 11 June, following Syria's acceptance of the UN Security Council's ceasefire, in the wake of the UAR (Egypt) and Jordan's acceptance of the Security Council's call. Their forces were severely defeated...

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8 Closing the Pearson Era

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pp. 87-97

"I wish to inform you of my decision, taken after lengthy and serious consideration, to resign from the Leadership of our Party. I feel that this is the appropriate time for me to take this step." 1 Thus began the concluding chapter in the career...

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Summary and Conclusions

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pp. 99-106

The second decade in Canadian- Israeli relations was characterized by a greater degree of caution and impartiality in the decision-making process than in the previous decade. The period was almost evenly divided between a Progressive...

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Epilogue

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pp. 107-109

The foregoing study and its predecessors serve as a historical study of a microcosm of Canadian foreign policy. From the first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, through Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Sir Robert L. Borden, Canadian...

Notes

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pp. 111-119

Index

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pp. 121-127