This book reveals the political atmospherics behind Australia's involvement in the American-inspired Multi-national and Observers' Force in the Sinai. A child of the Egypt/Israel peace pact of 1979, the Force's lack of United Nations approval proved a formidable barrier for a skeptical Australian audience. Australia's inclusion in the NFO would t have been possible without the singular efforts of her staunchly anti-Communist Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser. Background factors examined include resentment of the American Alliance, changing attitudes to the Middle East peace process, and the emotional fall-out of the Vietnam War. This book deals with previously unpublished contemporary material in a holist political analysis.
Rodney Gouttman is Doctor, Faculty of Education at the University of South Australia, Underdale Campus.