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.
Chapter 10: America, Israel, and Palestine: The Elusive Road to Peace
Chapter 10 examines the Israeli–Palestinian issue following the Six-Day War, focusing on the “peace process”—notably, American efforts to mediate a resolution of the differences between the adversaries. It begins with the 1973 Yom Kippur War launched by Egypt’s president Anwar Sadat and describes how Sadat decided to make a historic journey to Jerusalem that set the stage for the Camp David Accords and a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, which though an initial step toward peace, had little impact on Israeli–Palestinian relations. It then describes how Washington sought to end the Israeli–Palestinian logjam with the Oslo Accords and the ensuing Camp David summits hosted by President ...