Israel's ties with a country which had officially adopted a policy of racial discrimination harmed its image and served Arab propaganda. However the documents here show that at this time relations with South Africa were tense and problematic, due to Israel's strong stand against apartheid. This stand reflected both desire for closer relations with the newly independent states of black Africa, and opposition in principle to racial separation, a policy especially led by Foreign Minister Golda Meir.
|Golda Meir and Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion with the president of Upper Volta, Maurice Yameogo, in Jerusalem, July 1961. (Government Press Office)|
|Helen Suzman, a leading Jewish opponent of apartheid. (Wikimedia Commons)|