The Role of the US in the Development of Jewish Nationalism
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA CARLISLE BARRACKS United States
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This essay analyzes the US-Israeli relationship and the role the US has played in the development of Israel as a nation-state. The historicalbackground, from the development of the concept of a national home for the Jews in Palestine to the establishment of the present commonwealth of Israel, was traced. Concentration was given to those aspects of this process which caused US involvement, with special emphasis on conflicts which resulted in Arab antagonism toward the US. This analysis of the US-Israeli relationship reveals the profound political influence, both domestic and international, of the Jewish US citizens. This influence, via the mass media, has tended to dictate US-Israeli relations until the present energy crisis. Conclusions include the US present attempt to promote a more balanced approach to theArab-Israeli disputes.