The Origins of the American-Israeli Alliance: The Jordanian Factor

The Origins of the American-Israeli Alliance: The Jordanian Factor

The Origins of the American-Israeli Alliance: The Jordanian Factor

The Origins of the American-Israeli Alliance: The Jordanian Factor

Synopsis

This book demonstrates that the origins of the US-Israeli alliance lay in the former's concern over Egyptian influence in Jordan, contrasting with the widely-held view of the significance of the Six Day War.

The American-Israeli Alliancewill be of great interest to students of Middle East studies, history, and politics.

Excerpt

The main impetus which led me to focus once again on the issue of the origins of the American–Israeli alliance, which had preoccupied me – in various forms and manifestations – for more than two decades, was the request that I teach a course on the Arab–Israeli conflict in the Department of Government at Georgetown University, where I was scheduled to spend the academic year of 2004–5 as the Goldman Visiting Professor. It was while I was preparing the course that I became increasingly sensitive to the fact that the American–Israeli partnership constucidated only as the corollary, or the byproduct, of certain regional processes and developments, rather than as the direct and exclusive outcome of the bilateral dynamics of the American–Israeli framework. Not only was the dyadic American– Israeli setting inextricably and invariably linked to the tumultuous Middle Eastern strategic and political landscape, but the root-causes of this alliance originated in a cluster of pure and quintessential regional determinants and factors, which came to affect relations between Washington and Jerusalem only after they had reverberated throughout the area by virtue of exacerbating Jordan’s security predicament.

It was against the backdrop of this growing threat (primarily on the part of Egypt) to the existence of the traditionally pro-Western Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the course of the 1950s that Israel’s importance to the us as the guardian and protector of the besieged King Hussein came to be recognized and appreciated by the architects of American foreign policy. in other words, the shadow of the Hashemite Kingdom constituted the filter, or the lens, through which Israel’s value to American strategic interests in the Middle East came . . .

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