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Comments, on Sasson to Gideon Rafael (Foreign Minister’s adviser in Middle East affairs), 15 March, 7 May 1954, ISA 41/2. 85. Foreign Ministry to Sasson, 1 May 1950, ISA 2567/15. 86. Sasson to Elath, 3 June 1954, ISA 41/2. 87. Sharett, Personal Diary, 6 June 1954, p. 533. 88. Segev, 1949, pp. 28–9. 89. Report to Foreign Ministry, 15 Dec. 1949, ISA 184/7. 90. Sharett, Personal Diary, 29 Oct. 1955, p. 1260. In 1961 Sasson became the ambassador in Berne. For the Foreign Ministry’s stand concerning the manning of the Middle East Department with Jews of Oriental origins, see a letter to Sasson, 24 Oct.
In such a climate, Sasson and like-minded individuals could not prevail. Ankara remained Israel’s lookout post for military and covert purposes upon the Middle East, but no longer served as a diplomatic centre for the improvement of Arab-Israeli relations. It was high time for the Ankara legation to concentrate its efforts on Turkish-Israeli rapprochement. 36 ISRAEL, TURKEY AND GREECE NOTES 1. Foreign Ministry Middle East Department to Eliyahu Sasson, Israel’s minister in Ankara, 23 Jan. 1951, Israel State Archives, hereafter ISA, 53/ 6.
Eliyahu Sasson, journal of the legation, 12 April 1950, ISA 2568/10; Yitzchak Ben Ya’akov, legation secretary; “My mission in Ankara”. Mr Ben Ya’akov placed at my disposal the manuscript summarising his mission in Ankara, and I am profoundly grateful to him. 4. Walter Eytan to Eliyahu Sasson, 8 May 1950, ISA 2567/15. 5. Eytan to Sasson, 15 Dec. 1949, ISA 93/18. 6. Minutes of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee of the First Knesset (the Israeli Parliament), 1 Aug. 1950, ISA 2392/12/b. 7. Colonel Uriel Shai in conversation with the writer, Tel Aviv, July 1984.