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Fisher certainly understood the fragility of the situation. One might question, however, whether alleged Turkish self-righteousness was really the source of all the difficulties. It appears to us, rather, that certain ambiguities inherent in Turkish society and deriving from Turkey’s historical and geopolitical position would have been just as relevant to the discussion. To begin with, the glorious Ottoman Empire which held dominion over much of the Middle East for 400 years was past history. Furthermore, there had been a slackening in the tremendous impetus to secular modernization given to the country by Mustafa Kemal a half century earlier.

The name appears in the original. Details to references have been deleted from notes 21–28, 30, 31. 22. Sasson to Foreign Ministry, 19 Sept. 1950. 23. Sasson to Foreign Ministry, 16 Nov. 1950. 24. Sasson to Foreign Ministry, 17 Sept. 1950. 25. Sasson to Foreign Ministry, 28 Sept. 1950. 26. Sasson to Foreign Ministry, 18 Dec. 1950. 27. Sasson to Foreign Ministry, 18 Dec. 1950; 1 Jan. 1951. 28. Foreign Ministry to Sasson, 14 Nov. 1950. 29. Journal of the legation, 23 April 1950, ISA 2568/10; Sasson to Foreign Ministry, 18 Dec.

96 Sharett dealt in a similar way with the 60 or more pages of the Ankara legation’s journal. 97 It was not long before the Foreign Ministry began to bypass Sasson and to make direct contact with the Turkish authorities. A great deal of information was transmitted directly to Turkey’s Foreign Ministry and various other services, without Sasson’s knowledge. Visits to Turkey by Israeli statesmen and military officers were kept from him; he learned about them either from the Turkish authorities, or, worse, from reports in the local press.

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