Vol. 4 No. 3 , 1997
The U.S.A. and The Conflict
Why is it that the U.S. administration, though clearly disagreeing with Netanyahu's handling of the peace process, refrains from coming out squarely against the Israeli government's views?
This recurring question has no simple answer. There are, of course, the traditional ties between the U.S. and the State of Israel, based on common democratic values, on a shared attachment to the Bible and, hence, on the Jewish people's destiny as the history of the "children of Israel" is being told in the Old Testament. A major factor strengthening these ties is joint strategic and other interests: a U.S. senator once quipped that the yearly grant of $3 billion to Israel is a "real bargain" if one takes into consideration that Israel is the biggest unsinkable aircraft carrier of the U.S. in the Middle East.
But American financial assistance to Israel has lately been losing much of its relative importance. A recent visit of Israel's finance minister (March 1998) to the United States undersc
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Table of Contents
  1. Great Power Shortcomings ( )

    By Victor Cygielman Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  2. Focus
  3. Washington’s Changing Role in the Middle East ( )
    An account of U.S. policy from 1947 to our times
    By Ari Rath Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  4. The U.S.A. and Israel: Mutual Ideals, Mutual Interests An Interview ( )
    It is not a U.S. interest to make peace at the expense of Israel’s existence.
    By Moshe Arens Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  5. A Palestinian Incentive for a New U.S. Policy An Interview ( )
    The change is not in American but in Palestinian policy.
    By Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  6. Origins of American Support for Israel ( )
    Backing for Jewish hegemony in the Holy Land as part of the Protestant tradition.
    By Don Peretz Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  7. U.S. National Interests in the Middle East ( )
    Israel, the U.S.A. and the Palestinian Authority lack credibility among Palestinians.
    By Manuel Hassassian Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  8. The U.S.A. and the Middle Eastern Conflict: Foreign Policy and Domestic Interests ( )
    American Jewry knows how to use the rules in its support of Israel
    By Akiva Eldar Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  9. U.S. Concern with the Peace Process An Interview ( )
    The American aim is to help each party understand the other’s concerns
    By John Herbst Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  10. Long Conflict, New Rules ( )
    Without the U.S.A. taking its sponsorship role seriously, peace looks far away
    By Hussam Mohamad Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  11. Could Europe Produce Middle East Peace? ( )
    For Europe, peace in the Middle East is possible, necessary and urgent
    By John V. Whitbeck Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  12. Breaking the Deadlock in the Peace Process ( )
    Because of its historic relation with Israel, only the U.S.A. can have an impact on Israeli decision-making.
    By Mamdouh Nofal Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  13. American Support for Israel: An Un codified Relationship ( )
    Why has unconditional U.S. support for Israel continued beyond the end of the Cold War?
    By Roger Heacock Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  14. The American View ( )
    Documents and statements, 1919-1995.
    Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  15. Viewpoint
  16. Over the Next Hill ( )
    We cannot overlook that the objective is not a temporary settlement but a solution to the overall Jewish-Arab conflict
    By Yoram Sadeh Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  17. Camp Refugees and the Peace Process ( )
    In-depth interviews on the attitude of Palestinian refugees to the peace process or other solutions to the conflict
    By Najeh Jarrar Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  18. Negotiating Jerusalem ( )
    How recognition of the other side’s legitimacy can provide motivation for compromise
    By Jerome M. Segal Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  19. Lebanon: Illusion and Reality ( )
    The Israeli peace camp is not immune to conditioned reflexes
    By Meir Pa’il Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  20. A Plan for Redeployment ( )
    An operational plan and the assumed military and political advantages
    Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  21. Book Review
  22. One Hundred Years of Conflict: A Bibliographical View ( )
    It seems that nobody has missed the opportunity to contribute to the thousands of books and other publications on the conflict
    By Agustin Velloso De-Santistiban Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  23. Economics
  24. Save the Union ( )
    An analysis of the quasi Customs Union between Israel and Palestine proposed in the Paris Accords, adjoining the Oslo agreement
    By Ezra Sadan and Ruth Lowenthal Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  25. Culture, Literature and the Arts
  26. The Cobbler Is Barefoot and the Weaver Naked ( )
    A chapter from the novel Arabesque
    By Anton Shammas Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  27. The First Smile ( )
    A short story
    By Miriam Yalan-Stekelis Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  28. Documents
  29. The Palestinian Human Rights Monitor ( )
    Christians under the Palestinian Authority
    Vol. 4 No. 3 1997
  30. Chronology of Events
  31. April 1, 1997 to October 1, 1997 ( )
    Edited by Najat Hirbawi
    Vol. 4 No. 3 1997