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Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel

Contact:
Louise Fischer, Senior Editor (louise AT archives.gov.il)

Head
Dr. Hagai Tsoref
hagai@archives.gov.il

Deputy Head
Dr. Arnon Lammfromm
arnonl@archives.gov.il


State Documents Department, Israel State Archives
Israel State Archives,
Prime Minister’s Office,
Qiryat Ben-Gurion, Building 3
Jerusalem 91919

Website
Project description:

“Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel” is issued by the Documents and Commemoration Department of the Israel State Archives, which has become in practice the Publications and Internet Content Department of the Archives. In the past the series was the main focus of activity of the department, and consisted of a series of printed volumes intended mainly for researchers and students, with a companion English volume. Today the management of the Archives has other priorities, and work on the series continues alongside  publications intended for the general public and other projects including the Visitors’ Center of the Archives.

The second series consisting of online volumes only, with an introduction and list of documents with summaries in English, was started in 2009. It consists of online volumes only with introduction and list of documents and summaries in English. In 2016 a new website was installed, and only part of the foreign policy publications in English have been transferred to the new website.


Founding Year: 1975


Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel – Second Series

Scope: Thematical Scope
Description of scope: While the first series is chronological, with each volume relating to part or all of a particular year, each volume in the new series covers a subject or a geographical area.
Status: Finished

Due to the updating of our website, Volume 1, Israel’s Relations with Iran and the Eastern Mediterranean States, 1961-1967 is not currently available online.

Volume 2, Israel’s Relations with Western Europe, includes one publication on Israel’s relations with West Germany 1961-1967, currently available in Hebrew only. We hope to add it in English soon.

Vol. 3 Israel’s relations with Egypt, 1973-1979

Other publications on episodes in Israel’s foreign relations, for example:

The Memorandum of Understanding with the USA, 1965 (in Hebrew only)

Newly declassified telegrams exchanged with the US during the Yom Kippur War

Israeli diplomats’ view of the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran, 1979, etc.




Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel – First Series

Scope: Thematical
Description of scope: The "Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel" series has been published since 1978. It presents the reader with a selection of Israel's state records and diplomatic documents, starting just before the establishment of the state. Two volumes covering May 1945 to November 1947 were published in English, in collaboration with the Jewish Agency and Tel Aviv University. These volumes also contain some documents in Hebrew. The rest of the volumes were published in the original language in which the documents were written, which in the early years of the state was often English; gradually Hebrew became dominant. Summaries of the Hebrew documents as well as a full translation of the notes, the introduction and the indexes are included in a Companion Volume in English, which was published together with the main volume. The State Documents Department has also taken part in several joint publication ventures with East European states: the publication in conjunction with Russia of documents covering 1945-1953 (two volumes) and a joint venture with Poland dealing with the documentation of Israeli-Poland foreign policy during 1945-1967. To purchase volumes from this series, contact us at 02-5680663, or by email, leya@archives.gov.il
Number of volumes: 14

Political and Diplomatic Documents
Vol. I (Introductory Volume): December 1947 – May 1948
Editor: Gedalia Yogev

Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel
Vol. 1: 14 May – 30 September 1948
Editor: Yehoshua Freundlich
Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel
Vol. 2: October 1948 – April 1949
Editor: Yehoshua Freundlich
Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel
Vol. 3: Armistice Negotiations with the Arab States
December 1948 – July 1949
Editor: Yemima Rosenthal
Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel
Vol. 4: May – December 1949
Editor: Yemima Rosenthal
Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel
Vol. 5: 1950
Editor: Yehoshua Freundlich
Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel
Vol. 6: 1951
Editor: Yemima Rosenthal
Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel
Vol. 7: 1952
Editor: Yehoshua Freundlich
Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel
Vol. 8: 1953
Editor: Yemima Rosenthal
Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel
Vol. 9: 1954
Editor: Naomi Barzilay

Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel

Vol. 10: 1955

Editor: Yemima Rosenthal

Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel
Vol. 11: January – October 1956
Editor: Baruch Gilead
Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel
Vol. 12: October
Editor: Nana Sagi
Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel
Vol. 13: 1958 – 1959
Editor: Baruch Gilead
Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel
Vol. 14: 1960
Editor: Baruch Gilead

 

Political Documents of the Jewish Agency
Vol. I: May 1945 – December 1946
Editor: Yehoshua Freundlich
Political Documents of the Jewish Agency
Vol. II: January – November 1947
Editor: Nana Sagi

Documents on Israeli-Polish Relations  1945–1967 
Editors: Marcos Silber, Szymon Rudnicki



Israel-West Germany, 1961-1967 (in Hebrew only)

Israel-Egyptian relations, 1973-1979