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The United States and Israel
Author: Abraham Ben-Zvi

ISBN: 9780231081849
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 17 December 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.6 x 2.2
The recent discord between the United States and Israel over loan guarantees has focused attention on the forty-year conflict between those who advocate nurturing the "special relationship" between the two countries and those who favor the use of coercive measures to influence Israeli behavior. Amid this complex diplomatic panorama, Abraham Ben-Zvi reconstructs the often tension-filled American-Israeli relationship as it has unfolded since 1953, when President Eisenhower and Secretary of State Dulles first attempted to coerce Israel into changing its policy in order to accommodate itself to American foreign policy interests.
Ben-Zvi examines the extent to which the application of various coercive measures by the United States between 1953 and 1991 proved effective and how they were often modified, sometimes even nullified by the advocates of the special relationship, which included not only pro-Israel lobbying groups but also many members of the U.S. Congress. Included is a group of significant case studies: the B'Not Ya'acov Water crisis of 1953; the Sinai crisis of 1956-57; the "Reassessment" crisis of 1975; the Superpower crisis o...

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