The Secrets Behind Israel's Strategic Alliance With Apartheid South Africa

It’s too easy, and not entirely fair, to evaluate Jerusalem’s relations with Pretoria's oppressive apartheid regime by contemporary standards.

“The Negro problem.” That's what Israeli Ambassador to Washington Yitzhak Rabin called it in a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in late May 1968. The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., on April 4 of that year, had touched off race riots in Washington as well as other U.S. cities.