The examination of Soviet-Israeli relations in the period we have covered provides a vivid demonstration of the workings of Soviet foreign policy. In the body of the study we have discussed Soviet motivation and practice with regard to one small state in an area of interpower rivalry. The purpose of this final section is not so much to sum up the intricacies of the USSR’s attitude toward and ties with the State of Israel, which has been done in the concluding pages of each chapter. It is rather to sum up the general implications of those central aspects and factors of the Soviet Union’s thinking and conduct in the international arena as a whole that are highlighted by its relationship with Israel.