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Arab-Israeli Wars and U.S. Foreign Policy

Anziska, SE; (2019) Arab-Israeli Wars and U.S. Foreign Policy. In: Lawrence, M, (ed.) Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

American policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict has reflected dueling impulses at the heart of US-Middle East relations since World War II: growing support for Zionism and Israeli statehood on the one hand, the need for cheap oil resources and strong alliances with Arab states on the other, unfolding alongside the ebb and flow of concerns over Soviet influence in the region during the Cold War. These tensions have tracked with successive Arab–Israeli conflagrations, from the 1948 war through the international conflicts of 1967 and 1973, as well as shifting modes of intervention in Lebanon, and more recently, the Palestinian uprisings in the occupied territories and several wars on the Gaza Strip. US policy has been shaped by diverging priorities in domestic and foreign policy, a halting recognition of the need to tackle Palestinian national aspirations, and a burgeoning peace process which has drawn American diplomats into the position of mediating between the parties. Against the backdrop of regional upheaval, this long history of involvement continues into the 21st century as the unresolved conflict between Israel and the Arab world faces a host of new challenges.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Arab-Israeli Wars and U.S. Foreign Policy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199329175.013.756
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199329175.013...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: United States, Arab-Israeli conflict, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, peace process, Cold War
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Hebrew and Jewish Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10091128
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