By Mitchell G. Bard
From 1984 to 1991, Israel performed a sequence of dramatic rescues, bringing millions of Ethiopian Jews to the kingdom of Israel. Codenamed Operation Sheba, this attempt concerned a number of covert potential, together with large-scale airlifts and exchanges for hands, to avoid wasting those Jews from insupportable stipulations in Ethiopia and the Sudan. yet as dramatic and uplifting as this attempt used to be, there are nonetheless troubling questions about why it took such a lot of years for Israel to behave on behalf its African compatriots. this is often the entire tale at the back of the Israeli rescue of the Jews of Ethiopia―how tragedy was once became triumph.
These rescue operations represented the fruits of complicated political maneuvering in Israel and illustrated what Israeli get to the bottom of can accomplish while Jewish lives are endangered. It was once an inspiring effort―as William Safire wrote on the time, hundreds of thousands of black everyone is being delivered to a rustic now not as slaves, yet as electorate. nevertheless, there's a lot to deplore how lengthy it took for the leaders of Israel to acknowledge and take motion to avoid wasting this historic African department of the Jewish Diaspora, often called the Falasha. the explanations are the results of the complicated intersection of Israeli geostrategy, strain from the yank Jewish group, and Ethiopian household politics, in addition to racism and debates concerning the Jewishness of the Falasha community.
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From Tragedy to Triumph: The Politics Behind the Rescue of Ethiopian Jewry by Mitchell G. Bard