The Arab Lobby and US Foreign Policy: The Two-State Solution

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Routledge, Oct 27, 2008 - History - 272 pages

The US foreign policy stance on Israel-Palestine has shifted considerably in recent years, from a position of "Israel only" to one which embraces both Israel and Palestine in a call for peace. This volume assesses why the US stance has evolved in the way that it has, concluding that while international factors cannot be overlooked, developments within the United States itself are also crucial.

After years of vacillating on Palestinian national aspirations, the majority of Americans, the author notes, have come to favor the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank and the Gaza strip. Considering what accounts for changes in US policy on Israel-Palestine, this volume:

  • delivers a thorough assessment of the role of international and domestic factors in shaping US policy in this area
  • considers how US policy has evolved from the Camp David negotiations of the 1970s up to the occupation of Iraq in the mid 2000s
  • explores the significance of American public opinion and the pro-Israel and Arab lobbies in the evolution of US policy

The Arab Lobby and US Foreign Policy will be of interest to students and scholars of Foreign Policy and Political Science, Current Affairs and American Studies.

Khalil M. Marrar is Professor at DePaul University, USA. He has served in editorial positions at the Arab Studies Quarterly and the Association of Arab-American University Graduates.

 

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Contents

1 US foreign policy and the twostate solution
1
2 Public opinion and foreign policy perception
27
3 The effects of the proIsrael lobby
55
4 The effects and potential of the proArab lobby
84
Two states versus one
120
Arab lobby questionnaire
150
Public opinion polling on Palestinian statehood
152
Foreign policy pressure groups
156
Settler population and separation map
159
ProIsrael political contributions by election cycle
161
ProArab political contributions by election cycle
163
Arab American national demographics
164
Notes
165
Bibliography
221
Index
255
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Khalil M. Marrar is Professor at DePaul University, USA. He has taught courses in history, religion, and political science at various institutions. While specializing in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, his research interests include international relations, American culture, foreign policy, political organizations, and terrorism. He has served in editorial positions at the Arab Studies Quarterly and the Association of Arab-American University Graduates.