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.

Is Israeli–Palestinian Peace Possible?
Is Israeli–Palestinian Peace Possible?

Chapter 11 outlines the issues that divide Israel and the Palestinians and examines alternative policies available to America in dealing with them. The peace process has become even cloudier owing to the breakdown in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in April 2014. Key issues we will examine separating Israel and Palestine include:

  • Whether Israelis and Palestinians should live in two states or one.
  • How to overcome the problem posed by Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
  • How to respond to Palestinian demands for the return of refugees displaced in wars with Israel.
  • How to deal with Hamas, Gaza, and a divided Palestinian movement.
  • How to find a solution for Palestinian–Israeli differences over disputed resources like water and underwater natural ...
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