The Unspoken Alliance

June 28th, 2010

As the World Cup pulls our attention to South Africa and its history, it's worth noting the once secret alliance between Israel's booming arms industry and the apartheid regime that formerly ruled S. Africa.  It was a regime that was controlled by a group of Afrikaner nationalists who had enthusiastically supported Hitler during WWII. In 1967, as both states became international pariahs, their covert military relationship blossomed. Sasha Polakow-Suransky, a senior editor at Foreign Affairs, with a doctorate in modern history from Oxford, lays it all out in his book The Unspoken Alliance: Israel's Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa. My conversation with Sasha Polakow-Suransky