By Michael Barthorp
Hardcover booklet with dirt jacket, no longer depicted, is an heritage of the Boer Wars. Many illustrations. writer is Michael Barthorp.
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The elders knew that the Israelis were reopening their embassy in Addis. "We have to go there," they declared. "They will take us to Israel. 50 The AAEJ already had considered various proposals to transport the Beta Israel out of Ethiopia. In the early 1980s, Jonathan Pollard, an American who later was imprisoned as a spy for Israel, had suggested a naval route for bringing them out. The organization had rejected that as too far out. They also had considered a plan to move the Jews to Addis. Nate Shapiro, the president of the AAEJ at that time, had decided, however, that to bring large numbers of Jews to the capital would create chaos, in addition to costing a lot of money.
2 The Russians had come to regard Mengistu as a bad investment. The wars against his regime had cost the lives of between half a million and a million Ethiopian combatants and civilians. The fighting and the disruption it caused, in concert with periodic famine and Mengistu's misguided domestic policies, also were destroying the country economically, despite massive infusions from the Soviet bloc: Russia, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Poland had given Ethiopia at least $12 billion in grants and loans since 1977.
Embassy remained open, however, with a charge d'affaires representing American interests. Washington cautiously renewed its interest in Ethiopia in 1989, when the Russians withdrew from contests with the West, seeking instead cooperation in resolving regional problems. Bush agreed to collaborate closely with Gorbachev, and Moscow made a special request for assistance in withdrawing from its commitments to Ethiopia and Angola. Wanting to help the reformist Gorbachev regime look good, the Bush administration sought to create the conditions that would let it exit Ethiopia gracefully.