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The Home of Academic Studies on Israel

PART I - Israeli History [+ / -]

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PART II - Israeli Society & Culture [+ / -]

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PART IV - Israeli Wars & the Peace Process [+ / -]

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PART V - Israel's International Relations [+ / -]

The United States & Israel: 1948 - 2008Author: Avraham Ben-Zvi

Unlike most alliances, which are exclusively patterned on a single cluster of quintessential strategic factors, the American-Israeli alliance always incorporated two different dimensions. In the context of Israel's history, contrary to the French-Israeli partnership of the 1950s, the American-Israeli partnership originated from more than one factor or premise.

Israel & the Arab World: From Conflict to CoexistenceAuthor: Alexander Bligh

It is widely believed that neither Israel nor its predecessor, the Jewish political entity in mandatory Palestine (yishuv), has ever been accepted by Middle Eastern Arabs as a partner worthy of dialogue. Due to the popular historical rhetoric of both pan-Arab aspirations and the annihilation of Israel, the highly publicized nature of military confrontations, and the seemingly pivotal role of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the political and historical trajectories of the region, it is understandable that an outsider looking into the region might assume that no sign of reconciliation between Israel and the Arab world ever existed until 1979, if at all. This paradigmatic approach has yielded a dichotomized understanding of the structure of the region in which the Arab Middle Eastern nations exist as a cohesive “bloc” fused not only by their common heritage, but also by their opposition to the very existence of Israel. In accordance with this dialectical understanding, the Jewish goal of attaining sovereignty has often been portrayed as a political interest to which no Arab could ever agree.

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