Challenges for America in the Middle East offers a comprehensive and contemporary analysis of the foreign policy challenges the United States faces in the Middle East. It takes a close look at the critical policy dilemmas posed by radical Islam, the Arab Spring, the Shia Crescent, and Israel–#x2013;Palestine relations. Authors Richard W. Mansbach and Kirsten L. Taylor examine the issues from a historical perspective and in the context of the current state of affairs, and analyze options for future action. Throughout the text, they emphasize the interplay of foreign and domestic issues in the United States and overseas, and show how that interplay shapes American policy towards the region.

America and the Evolution of the Israeli–Palestinian Conundrum, 1948–1967
America and the Evolution of the Israeli–Palestinian Conundrum, 1948–1967

Our first chapter in Part III deals with the evolution of U.S.–Israeli relations and events in the region from the birth of the Jewish state in 1948 until its triumph in the 1967 Six-Day War. It opens with Israel’s establishment and then examines the sources of U.S. policy toward Israel. The conflict was originally an “Arab–Israeli” issue and, as we shall see, following the partition of the region called Palestine, Israel and its Arab neighbors engaged in a series of conflicts culminating in the Six-Day War. We explore the immense consequences of the Six-Day War, including the disagreement over the meaning of Security Council Resolution 242 and ...

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