The Arab Lobby and US Foreign Policy: The Two-State Solution / Edition 1

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Overview

The US foreign policy stance on Israel-Palestine has shifted considerably in recent years, from a position of "Israel only" to one which embraces both Israel and Palestine in a call for peace. This volume assesses why the US stance has evolved in the way that it has, concluding that while international factors cannot be overlooked, developments within the United States itself are also crucial.

After years of vacillating on Palestinian national aspirations, the majority of Americans, the author notes, have come to favor the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank and the Gaza strip. Considering what accounts for changes in US policy on Israel-Palestine, this volume:

  • delivers a thorough assessment of the role of international and domestic factors in shaping US policy in this area
  • considers how US policy has evolved from the Camp David negotiations of the 1970s up to the occupation of Iraq in the mid 2000s
  • explores the significance of American public opinion and the pro-Israel and Arab lobbies in the evolution of US policy

The Arab Lobby and US Foreign Policy will be of interest to students and scholars of Foreign Policy and Political Science, Current Affairs and American Studies.

Khalil M. Marrar is Professor at DePaul University, USA. He has served in editorial positions at the Arab Studies Quarterly and the Association of Arab-American University Graduates.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415586627
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/9/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 824,664
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of abbreviations

1 US foreign policy and the two-state solution 1

Why two states? 2

Understanding foreign policy decision-making 4

Methods of inquiry 21

2 Public opinion and foreign policy perception 27

The Cold War 29

The Gulf crisis 34

After the Cold War 41

The global war on terrorism 47

3 The effects of the pro-Israel lobby 55

Lobbying for Israeli-US alliance in the Reagan-Bush eras 58

After the Cold War: Clinton's ascendance 66

AIPAC, Bush, and the wars on terrorism and Iraq 70

4 The effects and potential of the pro-Arab lobby 84

Cold War lobbying 88

From the Persian Gulf to the end of the Cold War 95

The pro-Arab lobby in the war on terrorism 108

5 Conclusion and scenarios: two states versus one 120

Prospects for the two-state solution 123

And then there was one state ... 128

Future strategies for the pro-Arab lobby 140

Appendix 1 Arab lobby questionnaire 150

Appendix 2 Public opinion polling on Palestinian statehood 152

Appendix 3 Foreign policy pressure groups 156

Appendix 4 Settler population and separation map 159

Appendix 5 Pro-Israel political contributions by election cycle 161

Appendix 6 Pro-Arab political contributions by election cycle 163

Appendix 7 Arab American national demographics 164

Bibliography 221

Index 255

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