Reply to Falsification of Role of Gromyko

Helen Blau

Writing reminiscences is a marked tendency among statesmen, public and political figures.

I would like to state here that reminiscences, whoever the author is, or printed interviews, whoever the interviewer is or the interviewee is, cannot be altogether a very reliable source for making an impartial assessment of historical events, because either deliberately or not, reminiscences can be permeated with secret subjectivity, and interviews also with double subjectivity. I am now absolutely convinced that it is only the original (not falsified) State Archives and originals (not falsified) tape recordings that can be the only basis for making any well-grounded political conclusions.

The State of Israel was proclaimed on May 14, 1948 on the basis of the decision made by the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization on November 29, 1947. The Diplomatic relations between USSR and Israel were established in 1948. In that period Andrei Andreevich Gromyko* was (since 1946) a permanent representative of the USSR in the Security Council of the UN and at the same time he was the Deputy Foreign Minister of the USSR.

Hari Kumar, formerly associated with the Editorial Board of NSC in Canada wrote: "As for Israel, the recognition at the UN by Gromyko was performed with a strange and sudden turn that shocked even the imperialist nations, and enabled the foundation of Israel. Gromyko of course was a hidden revisionist."

I think that I should mention here that the USSR was one of the initiators of establishing an independent Jewish state and it probably had very good reasons for that. It is the original State Archives that can produce positive proof. Here I can present my own views on this subject touched upon by Mr. Kumar.

It must be emphasized that actions of a representative of any state to an international organization is authorized by the leadership of that state that he or she represents, especially if such an important political matter as establishing and recognition of a new state is on the agenda at such a high level as that of the United Nations Organization. Thereís no doubt that no individual person could act on this on their very own. Andrei Gromyko of course had preliminary discussions with Joseph Stalin, Viachlesav Molotov who was the Peopleís Commissar of the USSR, plus the Politiburo and CC of the CPSU of the USSR. So I am absolutely convinced that it is erroneous to call, A. A. Gromyko a revisionist.

There is another thing to consider here. A new Jewish State was established on one part of Palestineís territory (about 56% of it) with a mixed population. The other part was an Arab State. I want to underline the fact that Palestine had been under the mandate of England before it was proclaimed independent in 1947. If the USSR had insisted on Israel to be a Socialist state, most probably it would have been strongly opposed by England, first of all, followed by USA and other capitalist countries. It could have come even into a serious military confrontation and that would have been certainly not in favor of the Soviet Union in the very difficult post Second World War period, when Soviet people were exhausted after the protracted World War II and the devastation and loss of over 20 million people. And, besides there is no successful diplomacy in the world without making reasonable compromise, I think.

A ring of regret or resentment as well can be felt in Hari Kumarís statement, that Israel was not socialist from its earliest history. Why lose heart? The working people throughout the world do not applaud oppressive bourgeois regimes in their countries (and Israel is no exception- Editor) and struggle against them by every possible means. "Leben ist Kampf" (Life is Struggle") said Karl Marx.

Harry Kumar writes also that: "I believe that the diplomatic history of the USSR can only be explained by the hidden war of the revisionists within the USSR"

True, there were revisionists among the leaders of the USSR, but until 1953 they were not able to be open with their plans, as history now has confirmed. It is a regrettable fact. But on the whole, the history of Soviet diplomacy is marked by brilliant successes, I think. It would take too much space to innumerate here all of the great services that the Soviet diplomats performed for our socialist homeland.

* ANDREI A. GROMYKO

A Soviet statesman and political figure, Hero of Socialist Labour (1969) Doctor of Economic Sciences (1958), author of scientific works on international relations, member of the Central Committee of the CPSU, deputy to the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. Gromyko was awarded with 5 Lenin Orders, plus two other highest medals that USSR could give and many citations.

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