Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Our Separate Ways: The Struggle for the Future of the U.S.-Israel Alliance

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Our Separate Ways: The Struggle for the Future of the U.S.-Israel Alliance

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Our Separate Ways: The Struggle for the Future of the U.S.-Israel Alliance. By Dana H. Allin and Steven N. Simon. New York: Public Affairs, 2016. 304 pp. $26.99.

The first sentence sets the tone of Our Separate Ways: "In May 2011 ... the prime minister of Israel arrived at the White House to lecture the president of the United States." The authors imply that the prime minister came not for consultations or discussions but to instruct. Allin is a senior fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London, and editor of the IISS Survival; Simon was an adviser to President Obama in 2009-12.

Their book pursues the theme so blatantly laid down in the opening sentence. From its first day in office, the new administration showed its "serious commitment to the peace process" with "a tougher U.S. stand against Israeli settlements." For this reason, they argue that Israel should be chastised for not removing them since this failure was the major factor responsible for the absence of IsraeliPalestinian peaceful solution.

Strikingly, the authors pay meager attention to Gaza where Israel did precisely what they advocate. As they acknowledge, Israel forcibly withdrew 8,500 Israelis from Gaza in September 2005; however, this led not to peace but to greater conflict. …

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