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American Policy toward Israel: The Power and Limits of by Michael Thomas

By Michael Thomas

This booklet explains the institutionalization of approximately unconditional American help of Israel through the Reagan management, and its endurance within the first Bush management by way of the contest of trust platforms in American society and politics. Michael Thomas explains coverage adjustments over the years and gives insights into what conditions may possibly bring about lasting alterations in coverage. the amount identifies the real family, social, non secular and political components that experience vied for primacy on coverage in the direction of Israel, and utilizing case reviews, comparable to the 1981 AWACS sale and the 1991 mortgage promises, argues that coverage debates were struggles to embed and implement ideals approximately Israel and approximately Arabs. It additionally establishes a framework for larger knowing the affects and constraints on American coverage in the direction of Israel. An epilogue applies the teachings discovered to the present Bush management. American coverage towards Israel might be of curiosity to scholars people overseas coverage, center jap politics and diplomacy.

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When Begin visited the United States in 1948, Albert Einstein and Hannah Arendt joined others denouncing his “Fascist” and “Nazi” tactics. Nahum Goldmann reportedly persuaded Dean Acheson that the best argument for recognizing the Ben-Gurion-led government of Israel was that it would block Begin’s ambitions (Tivnan 1987: 107). Rabbi Arthur Schindler met with Begin after his election and stated that the American Jewish community would support any incumbent Israeli government. That was a major gift to Begin, since Schindler was chair of the Presidents Conference and head of the Reform movement.

Begin dealt instead with the Presidents Conference and especially with AIPAC, rewarding loyalty and effectiveness with access and the power that came with it (Goldberg 1996: 212–13). Conclusion The American Jewish community was historically socially liberal, Zionist only in the sense of supporting a Jewish state for others and politically adept but cautious. Jewish leaders stressed tolerance and equal opportunity and avoided identification with issues that would differentiate or draw attention to Jews.

Arms awaiting delivery were suspended. 9 Signed by senators on the right (Thurmond, Goldwater) and the left (Kennedy, McGovern), the letter 26 The pro-Israel community prior to 1981 seemed a promise of trouble for any policy of pressure on Israel. 10 Steven Spiegel asserts that the “letter of 76” did not explain the resumption of shuttle diplomacy and aid delivery thereafter (Spiegel 1986: 387). He relies upon a statement in Ford’s memoirs that the letter made him determined to resist pressure.

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