Israel and the United States: Six Decades of US-Israeli Relations

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2012-03-06
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This unique volume intensively studies the nature and extent of US ;Israeli relations, from 1948 through the Bush and Obama administrations. Leading experts in the field-including Israeli and North American scholars from a variety of political perspectives-contribute original essays on the principal political, religious, ethnic, military, economic, and juridical connections between the United States and Israel. Specific topics covered in this new book include: the pro-Israel lobby in the United States; the US Jewish community and its relations to Israel; evangelical Christians and Israel; military and economic ties between the United States and Israel; the threat of a nuclear Iran for both countries; and the impact of American jurisprudence on Israel. Section introductions from the editor effectively contextualize the issues and provide students with an in-depth understanding of the past, present, and future of the US ;Israel relationship.

Author Biography

Robert O. Freedman is Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Baltimore Hebrew University and is currently visiting professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches courses on the Arab-Israeli conflict and on Russian foreign policy. He is the author or editor of several books, including Contemporary Israel (Westview Press).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Mapsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
The United States and the Arab-Israeli Conflict from 1945 to 2000: Why the Arabists are Wrongp. 22
George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict from 2001 to 2011p. 36
The Pro-Israel Lobby in the United States: Past, Present, and Futurep. 79
Six Decades of Public Affection: Trends in American Public Attitudes Toward Israelp. 100
Aid and Trade: Economic Relations Between the United States and Israel, 1948-2010p. 124
Light and Shadows in US-Israeli Military Ties, 1948-2010p. 143
Apocalypse Now? The Iranian Nuclear Threat Against Israelp. 165
American Influence on Israeli Law: Freedom of Expressionp. 187
American Orthodox Jews and the State of Israelp. 215
The Relationship Between American Evangelical Christians and the State of Israelp. 232
The Quest for Impact: Lessons Learned from the American Jewish Peace Campp. 257
Bibliographyp. 283
Indexp. 289
About the Contributorsp. 303
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