Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel

"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 other publications intended for the general public. The second series consists of online volumes only with introduction and list of documents and summaries in English. Individual volumes with greater public appeal may be published in printed form.

Founding year: 
1975

Editions

Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel – First Series

Chronological 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

Project start: 
1978
Status: 
finished
Edited volumes: 

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. 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

Volume 10, for 1955, is currently being edited

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

Documents on the Foreign Policy of Israel – Second Series

Thematical 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.

Project start: 
2009
Status: 
ongoing
Edited volumes: 

Two sections of Volume 1, Israel's Relations with Iran and the Eastern Mediterranean States are currently available online:
Israel-Greece Relations, 1961-1967
Israel-Cyprus Relations, 1961-1967

Israel-Turkey Relations, 1961–1967

Volumes in preparation: 

Israel-West Germany
Israel-Africa
Israel-France
Israel-Iran
Peace negotiations with Egypt, 1973–1979
 

Last update: 2013-05-01