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The United States, the Soviet Union and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1948-67
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The United States, the Soviet Union and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1948-67: Superpower Rivalry

Joseph Heller

Abstract

Four questions stand before the historian of the cold war and the Arab-Israeli conflict: 1) Did Israel and the US have a ‘special relationship’? 2) Were Soviet-Israeli relations destined for failure from 1948? 3) Was the Arab-Israeli conflict insoluble because of the cold war or in spite of it? 4) Was detente between the superpowers the key to solving the Arab-Israeli conflict? Israel failed to get a security guarantee from the US because if it were granted ally status the Arab states would turn to the Soviets. Instead of a security guarantee Kennedy used the nebulous term ‘special relationshi ... More

Keywords: Cold war, Zionist ideology, Kennedy, the US, the USSR, Turkey, Iran

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781526103826
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526103826.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Heller, author
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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