Support Any Friend: Kennedy's Middle East and the Making of the U.S.- Israel Alliance

Support Any Friend: Kennedy's Middle East and the Making of the U.S.- Israel Alliance

by Warren Bass
ISBN-10:
0195177509
ISBN-13:
9780195177503
Pub. Date:
09/01/2004
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
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Support Any Friend: Kennedy's Middle East and the Making of the U.S.- Israel Alliance


At the Cold War's height, John F. Kennedy set precedents that continue to shape America's encounter with the Middle East. Kennedy was the first president to make a major arms sale to Israel, the only president to push hard to deny Israel the atomic bomb, and the last president to reach out to the greatest champion of Arab nationalism, Egyptian President Jamal Abdul Nasser. Now Warren Bass takes readers inside the corridors of power to show how Kennedy's New Frontiersmen grappled with the Middle East. He explains why the fiery Nasser spurned Washington's overtures and stumbled into a Middle Eastern Vietnam. He shows how Israel persuaded the Kennedy administration to start arming the Jewish state. And he grippingly describes JFK's showdown with Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion over Israel's secret nuclear reactor. From the Oval Office to secret diplomatic missions to Cairo and Tel Aviv, Bass offers stunning new insights into the pivotal presidency that helped create the U.S.-Israel alliance and the modern Middle East.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195177503
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/01/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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