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

By Michael Thomas

This ebook explains the institutionalization of approximately unconditional American aid 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 alterations through the years and gives insights into what conditions may perhaps result in lasting adjustments in coverage. the amount identifies the real household, social, non secular and political components that experience vied for primacy on coverage in the direction of Israel, and utilizing case stories, reminiscent of 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 greater 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 japanese politics and diplomacy.

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Jews participated at much higher rates than others; in the 1980 elections, 92 percent of registered Jewish voters voted, compared to a general rate of 53 percent (Novik 1986: 59). The states in which Jewish voters concentrated were Democratic strongholds, and Jewish voters voted disproportionately Democratic – on average four to one – so that they made up nearly 30 percent of the New York State Democratic primary electorate, and nearly half of the electorate in New York City. Smaller but important concentrations were located in New Jersey and Florida, and significant concentrations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, California, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Advisers to JINSA’s Newsletter included Si Kenen, Representative Jack Kemp, many retired generals and admirals and former presidents of ZOA. S. ties to Israel served American strategic goals (O’Brien 1986: 203–6; Christison 1999: 200–2). The Center for International Security was founded by Dr. Joseph Churba, a former consulting partner of Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the radical Jewish Defense League and later of the outlawed Kach Party in Israel. Churba had been an adviser to Major General George F.

Ties to Israel served American strategic goals (O’Brien 1986: 203–6; Christison 1999: 200–2). The Center for International Security was founded by Dr. Joseph Churba, a former consulting partner of Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the radical Jewish Defense League and later of the outlawed Kach Party in Israel. Churba had been an adviser to Major General George F. Keegan, head of Air Force intelligence, who served on Churba’s board (O’Brien 1986: 206). Keegan testified against the 1981 AWACS sale. Churba argued that a militarily dominant and unfettered Israel was vital to American interests (Churba 1977; Churba 1980: Churba 1984).

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