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Author Ball, George W.

Title The passionate attachment : America's involvement with Israel, 1947 to the present / George W. Ball and Douglas B. Ball.

Publication Info. New York : W.W. Norton, [1992]


Location Call No. Status
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  327.73056 B21    Check Shelf
 South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction  327.7305 BALL    Check Shelf
Description 382 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary In his Farewell Address, George Washington admonished his fellow citizens to steer clear of a "passionate attachment" to another nation, as such could create "the illusion of a common interest ... where no common interest exists." This warning echoes through the pages of this unflinching examination of our four-decade entanglement in the web of Middle East politics. The distinguished authors here trace the sequence of events that brought the United States into a relationship unique in its history, with its foreign policy often manipulated by another, much smaller nation. The costs have been financial: American aid to Israel well exceeds the total of U.S. payments to reconstruct postwar Europe. The costs have been political and moral: denouncing arms sales as destabilizing to the Middle East, the United States has poured weapons into Israel; while championing national self-determination, the United States has failed to do anything effective to halt Israel's colonization of the West Bank. Israeli forbearance from entering the Gulf War in 1991 and thereby undoing the coalition of Arab States put together by the Bush administration further intensified our passionate attachment. To achieve a durable settlement in an area beset by age-old disputes, the authors call for an end to our unquestioned acquiescence in Israeli action and a broadened role for collective security.
Contents Ch. 1. The Creation of Israel and Its War of Independence -- Ch. 2. The Eisenhower Administration Halts the Retreat -- Ch. 3. Kennedy Largely Holds to Principle; Johnson Increases the Momentum of the Retreat -- Ch. 4. The Retreat Accelerates Under Nixon -- Ch. 5. Carter Tries But Fails to Slow the Retreat from Principle -- Ch. 6. The Retreat Turns into a Rout Under the Reagan Administration -- Ch. 7. Reagan Continues Until Bush Takes Over -- Ch. 8. Homefront Israel - Fragmented and Paralyzed -- Ch. 9. Israel's Colonialist Adventure - Ruling and Absorbing the Occupied Territories -- Ch. 10. How Jewish Americans Became a Power Force in American Politics -- Ch. 11. American-Arab Relations: The Neglected Leg of the Triangle -- Ch. 12. Terror and Reprisal -- Ch. 13. The Financial Costs of the Passionate Attachment -- Ch. 14. The Political and Moral Costs of the Passionate Attachment -- Ch. 15. Recommendations.
Subject United States -- Foreign relations -- Israel.
Israel -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-
Military assistance, American -- Israel.
Indexed Term Foreign relations History
United States
Added Author Ball, Douglas B.
ISBN 0393029336: $24.95 ($29.99 Can.)
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