Israel, the United States and the Israel-Palestinian Conflict

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Course ID: 40925
Location: On Campus

The course is designed to provide an understanding of the complex relations between Israel and the United States against the background of Middle East conflict. Taking place against the famously kaleidoscopic way in which the region is perceived, including the colonial perspective and the Christian perspective, this relation was highly politicized from its inception.
A survey of key issues will be offered: creation of the State of Israel and America's ambivalent role; the Cold War and the rise of the "special relation" between Israel and the United States; the end of the Cold War and American's struggle to balance its commitment to Israel and the need to improve relations with Middle East countries.  The course will end with an analysis of the current debate about Israel "as an asset or burden" in American national interest.