Academic journal article Jewish Political Studies Review

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Academic journal article Jewish Political Studies Review

From the Editors

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This special issue o( the Jewish Political Studies Review brings together a number of articles examining the theme of "America, Israel, and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process." What gave rise to the focus on this theme were the disputes between Israel and the United States between 2009 and 2012 over the salience of the issue of Israeli settlements, the depth of the withdrawal expected from Israel in the event of a peace agreement, the status of the 1 967 lines, and the impact of all these issues on the American Jewish community as the 2012 presidential elections approached.

Dr. Dore Gold sets the U.S.-Israeli dispute over whether Israel is expected to withdraw to the 1967 lines in a historical context. He demonstrates that past U.S. administrations did not expect a full withdrawal from Israel in the West Bank, beginning at the time of the Johnson administration and the drafting of UN Security Council Resolution 242. The traditional security considerations behind Israel's position on "defensible borders" are presented by Maj. Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan, who was not only deputy chief of staffof the Israel Defense Forces and national security adviser, but also served as the officer responsible for Israel's security contacts with Jordan, Syria, and the Palestinians for much of the 1990s. …

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