The Question of Diplomatic Relations
Israeli anger aroused by the Federal Governments arms ban and the European Community declaration soon calmed down. Realisation in Israel that the Federal Republic, despite appearances, had given important aid by allowing the American airlift from its territory undoubtedly contributed to the calmer atmosphere. The only positive events were the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, leading to the Israeli evacuation of the Sinai peninsula, and the Camp David Agreement which was to have affected the situation of the Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied areas. The foregoing may give the impression that relations between West Germany and Israel during the 1980s were bad. The Israeli government realised from the outset that the Federal Republic was far more reticent over arms deliveries to Arab countries than any other western industrialised state, even if it expected special consideration from Bonn.