Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States / Edition 1

Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States / Edition 1

by Trita Parsi
     
 

In this era of superheated rhetoric and vitriolic exchanges between the leaders of Iran and Israel, the threat of nuclear violence looms. But the real roots of the enmity between the two nations mystify Washington policymakers, and no promising pathways to peace have emerged. This book traces the shifting relations among Israel, Iran, and the United States from

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In this era of superheated rhetoric and vitriolic exchanges between the leaders of Iran and Israel, the threat of nuclear violence looms. But the real roots of the enmity between the two nations mystify Washington policymakers, and no promising pathways to peace have emerged. This book traces the shifting relations among Israel, Iran, and the United States from 1948 to the present, uncovering for the first time the details of secret alliances, treacherous acts, and unsavory political maneuverings that have undermined Middle Eastern stability and disrupted U.S. foreign policy initiatives in the region. Trita Parsi, a U.S. foreign policy expert with more than a decade of experience, is the only writer who has had access to senior American, Iranian, and Israeli decision makers. He dissects the complicated triangular relations of their countries, arguing that Americas hope for stability in Iraq and for peace in Israel is futile without a correct understanding of the Israeli-Iranian rivalry. Parsis behind-the-scenes revelations about Middle East events will surprise even the most knowledgeable readers: Irans prime minister asks Israel to assassinate Khomeini, Israel reaches out to Saddam Hussein after the Gulf War, the United States foils Irans plan to withdraw support from Hamas and Hezbollah, and more. This book not only revises our understanding of the Middle Easts recent past, it also spells out a course for the future. In todays belligerent world, few topics, if any, could be more important.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300120578
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

Trita Parsi is president, National Iranian American Council, and adjunct professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS (School of Advanced International Studies). He writes frequently about the Middle East and has appeared on BBC World News, PBS News Hour, CNN, and other news programs.

Table of Contents

Contents

PREFACE....................xi
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS....................xvii
CHAPTER 1 Introduction: An Eight-Hundred-Pound Gorilla....................1
part one. the cold war era CHAPTER 2 An Alliance of Necessity: The Secret Friendship of the Shah....................19
CHAPTER 3 Rise of Israel, Rise of Iran....................29
CHAPTER 4 Iran's Quest for Supremacy....................39
CHAPTER 5 Sealing Demise in the Moment of Triumph....................49
CHAPTER 6 Megalomania....................61
CHAPTER 7 The Rise of Begin and the Israeli Right....................68
CHAPTER 8 Enter the Sign of God....................79
CHAPTER 9 Ideological Shifts, Geopolitical Continuities....................87
CHAPTER 10 Saddam Attacks!....................97
CHAPTER 11 Scandal....................110
CHAPTER 12 The Dying Gasp of the Periphery Doctrine....................127
part two. the unipolar era CHAPTER 13 The New World Order....................139
CHAPTER 14 Trading Enemies....................157
CHAPTER 15 From Cold Peace to Cold War....................172
CHAPTER 16 With Likud, the Periphery Doctrine Returns....................190
CHAPTER 17 Khatami's Détente....................202
CHAPTER 18 Betrayal in Afghanistan....................223
CHAPTER 19 Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory....................238
part three. looking ahead CHAPTER 20 Facing the Future, Facing Reality....................261
NOTES....................285
APPENDIX A: IRAN'S MAY 2003 NEGOTIATION PROPOSAL TO THE UNITED STATES....................341
APPENDIX B: ORIGINAL U.S. DRAFT NEGOTIATIONPROPOSAL....................343
APPENDIX C: LETTER FROM AMBASSADOR GULDIMANN TO THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT....................345
INDEX....................347

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