© 1999

Oil and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1948–63


Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Uri Bialer
      Pages 1-4
  3. The Eclipse of Haifa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Uri Bialer
      Pages 21-38
    3. Uri Bialer
      Pages 39-58
    4. Uri Bialer
      Pages 59-83
    5. Uri Bialer
      Pages 84-95
  4. Between Moscow and Tehran

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Uri Bialer
      Pages 147-170
    3. Uri Bialer
      Pages 171-193
    4. Uri Bialer
      Pages 194-215
    5. Uri Bialer
      Pages 216-242
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 248-282

About this book


Bialer focuses on Israel's attempts to ensure a regular oil supply in the first decade of it's existence. He reveals that its main problems derived from the context of the Arab-Israeli conflict which categorically influenced the stand of governments and international oil companies who held the keys to decision making. The author provides an analysis of the reciprocal relations between Israel and these players and clarifies the unique method which the state adopted in attempting to secure its oil supply.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Hebrew UniversityJerusalemIsrael

About the authors

Uri Bialer is Professor of International Relations at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Bibliographic information


'This fascinating and intriguing book rightly claims to contribute to the field of international political economy. It describes and analyzes in considerable detail Israel's oil diplomacy during the first fifteen years of statehood, and the extremely adverse circumstances under which the country's energy suppliers were procured. At the time, petroleum was the only practical source of energy for Israel's rapidly growing population and its expanding and modernizing economy.' - Nachum T. Gross, EH. NET