Pinochet's Chile, from an up-and-coming Idi Amin Dada to greek colonels' junta and even neo-fascist and neo-nazi(sic) terrorists in Italy).
Yet the Israelo-Southafrican alliance was reality and found its fertilizing humus in cold-war era necessities and in the racial obsessions of white afrikaner and jewish zionists.
One could critique the USSR harshly, but always has to concede that, in the African arena, Moscow's aim always passed through a support of national emancipation movements calling for the end of colonial and neo-colonial western interests in the region, which was cause of countless woes for the White House and the Pentagon.
Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, did free themselves from the Poroguese yoke (the first two) and from Ian Smith's racist regime (the third) thanks to soviet help and support and Washington needed an alert and armed counterbalance to this potential "African Domino", little did it matter that it was to be found in a racist regime and an international paria such as South Africa was at the time.
Israel served as middleman in this operation and, if hundreds of anti-apartheid activists were killed or made to vanish and thousands were gaoled and tortured, they were to be accounted for as "collateral victims" of america's geopolitical maneuvering, conducted in the name of "freedom" and "democracy". Odd that freedom and democracy were negated and pushed away from the reach of million of negro and coloured south africans by that very strategical jousting, along with all those africans which had to endure the aggressions and the invasions of the emboldened apartheid regime, such as Angolans and Namibians.
|Racist South Africa attacked and invaded left-leaning Angola; cuban intervention was vital to stall its ambitions.|
nuclear arsenal; which was dismantled when presidentDe Klerk did choose to do away with state-enforced racism.
On the other hand israeli generals and politicians closely scrutinized how South Africa managed to keep a small white clique in power and subjugate its largely superior coloured population: apartheid South Africa became the 'blueprint' on which future Israel was to be developed and built.
Demographical trends were already telling in the early 70s: jewish israeli (the "Master race") were destined to become minority in their own 'jewish state'; hence means were to be found to avoid that through democratic means the Palestinian "untermensch" could wrest power from them.
The answer of course laid in apartheid: which was to be imported, duplicated and refined in Israel, complete with bantustans and all, leading to physical, cultural and economic segregation of Palestinians as second-class citizens, no matter how large their number could eventually get.
Nobody is more convinced and vocal about the factual identity between south african and israeli apartheids than the ones which defeated and overcame the first: the south africans themselves which are always ready to demonstrate their support of the Palestinian cause, denouncing israeli racism and segregation.
Sasha Polakow-Suransky wrote an informative and detailed book on the matter, aptly titled: "The Unspoken Alliance" which can be found on Amazon for less than 20 Euro.