Beating the Odds Together: 50 Years of Singapore-Israel Ties


Beating the Odds Together: 50 Years of Singapore-Israel Ties


Beating the Odds Together: 50 Years of Singapore-Israel Ties


In 2019, Singapore and Israel mark 50 years of diplomatic relations. Though bilateral ties between the two countries began soon after Singapore’s independence from Malaysia, the depth of this relationship has rarely been publicised because of political sensitivities, given the position taken by Singapore’s Muslim-dominant neighbours towards the Jewish state.

Beating the Odds Together is a book jointly published by the Middle East Institute at National University of Singapore and World Scientific Publishing to commemorate this milestone in bilateral ties.

Thirteen Singaporeans and Israelis contributed articles to the volume, which examines the similarities and differences between the two states, and the expansion of relationships beyond security to the fields of business, academia, research, technology and education. For the first time, multiple accounts will shed light on the inside story of how Israel helped Singapore to establish the Singapore Armed Forces.

Former Foreign Minister George Yeo, who wrote a chapter, will be officiating at the book launch on 9 December. To register, please click here.

** Do note that there will be security checks at the event and attendees should bring along IDs. Bags are subject to checks so you are advised not to bring them.


Opening Address by Singapore’s former foreign minister Mr George Yeo

Listen to the podcast of Mr Yeo’s speech. Read an edited excerpt of his speech published in TODAY.

Remarks by Israel’s ambassador to Singapore HE Sagi Karni

Tune in to the podcast of Mr Karni’s speech.

See photo gallery for more images of the book launch.

Media Coverage

CNA: ‘No-nonsense’ training from 7.30am to 1am: New book reveals how Israel helped Singapore establish SAF

Lianhe Zaobao纪念新加坡以色列建交50周年 发布新书

MothershipGeorge Yeo: LKY only agreed to visit Israel in 1994, his first & only time, after Oslo Accord

TODAY Online: New book launched to mark 50 years of once-secretive Singapore-Israel ties

The Straits TimesNew book details how Israel helped build up the Singapore Armed Forces

Event Details

The Chamber,
The Arts House,
1, Old Parliament Lane,
Singapore 179429

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