chapter  6
Gorbachev's Middle East Strategy
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Jn April 1987 General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev declared that the absence of diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Israel "cannot be considered normal." This comment reflects a growing belief among Soviet policymakers that the rupture in Soviet-Israeli relations, dating from the Six Day War of twenty years ago, should at last be repaired. And, to give it more significance, the remark was uttered in the presence of Moscow's oldest Middle Eastern ally-and Israel's most implacable adversary-Syrian President Hafez al-Assad.