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Israel's Armor
The Israel Lobby and the First Generation of the Palestine Conflict


Part of Cambridge Studies in US Foreign Relations

  • Date Published: April 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108705325

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  • The United States and Israel have long had a 'special relationship'. The US became the first country in the world to recognize the state of Israel in 1948, and has been an important ally and benefactor ever since. A critical component of the special relationship is the pro-Israel lobby. Although the lobby has been a controversial topic in public affairs, it has been widely understudied. Israel's Armor fills a gap in the existing literature by examining the origins and early history of the Israel lobby, looking at its influence on American foreign policy, and weaving its activities into the diplomatic history of the first generation of the Palestine conflict. Covering the period roughly from World War II to the pivotal June War, 1967, Walter L. Hixson demonstrates that the Israel lobby from the outset played a crucial role in mobilizing US support for the Zionist state.

    • Reveals that American Zionist support for Israel was deeply rooted and influential, beginning in the 1940s
    • Illuminates the role of key figure Isaiah Leo Kenen in the formation of the Israel lobby in the United States
    • Demonstrates how historically rooted and influential the Israel lobby has been at forging a pro-Israeli American foreign policy
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    'This outstanding book provides abundant evidence of how the Israel lobby has shaped US foreign policy in ways that are not in the American national interest. Hixson is especially good at showing how a select group of pro-Israel Americans profoundly influenced President Lyndon Johnson, who was like putty in their hands.' John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

    'Hixson's gripping account of the rise of the Israel lobbies and their enormous impact on US policy toward the Mideast is meticulously documented and expertly grounded in American political and diplomatic history. He threads his way across a minefield of controversy with the sure touch of a judicious historian, making his account a must-read for all future commentators on this contentious issue.' Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History, University of Michigan

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108705325
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of abbreviations
    Prologue: 'erect a Jewish state at once'
    1. 'Friendship of the American people for the Zionist ideal'
    2. 'New forms of propaganda had to be found'
    3. 'We should not be deterred by political pressures'
    4. 'What kind of relationship was this?'
    5. 'The best friend that Israel could have'
    6. 'Let the Israelis do this job themselves'
    7. 'Israel will remain where she is'

  • Author

    Walter L. Hixson, University of Akron, Ohio
    Walter L. Hixson is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Akron. He is the author of several books focused on the history of US foreign relations, including, American Foreign Relations: A New Diplomatic History (2016); American Settler Colonialism: A History (2013); The Myth of American Diplomacy: National identity and US Foreign Policy (2008); Parting the Curtain: Propaganda, Culture and the Cold War, 1945–1961 (1997); and George F. Kennan: Cold War Iconoclast (1989).

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