The Arab-Israeli conflict in American political culture

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This book surveys discourse and opinion in the United States toward the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1991. Contrary to popular myth, it demonstrates that U.S. support for Israel is not based on the pro-Israel lobby, but rather is deeply rooted in American political culture. That support has increased since 9/11. However, the bulk of this increase has been among Republicans, conservatives, evangelicals, and Orthodox Jews. Meanwhile, among Democrats, liberals, the Mainline Protestant Church, and non-Orthodox Jews, criticism of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians has become more vociferous. This book works to explain this paradox.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages303
ISBN (Electronic)9781316146729
ISBN (Print)9781107094420
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015

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Publisher Copyright:
© Jonathan Rynhold 2015.


  • Aipac (american israel public affairs committee)
  • Almond, gabriel
  • American political culture, american creed and
  • American protestantism
  • American support for
  • Anti-semitism
  • Apocalyptic
  • Arab-israeli conflict, democratic administration policy towards
  • Armageddon
  • Bush, george w
  • Center for responsive politics
  • Cold war
  • Collective
  • Conservatives
  • Constructivism
  • Definition
  • Definition
  • Divestment
  • Divestment
  • Europe
  • Evangelicals
  • Grand strategy, anti-israel left approach
  • Identity, american
  • Impact of
  • Influence
  • Israeli paradox in
  • Jerusalem
  • Kennan, george
  • Key subdivisions
  • Kohut, andrew
  • Liberals/liberalism
  • Lippman, walter
  • Mearsheimer, john
  • Miller, aaron david
  • Neoclassical
  • Non-orthodox jews
  • Orthodox judaism/jews
  • Peace process
  • Pew
  • Political culture, american identity and
  • Pro-israel
  • Pro-israel lobby
  • Protestant mainline church
  • Pye, lucian
  • Radical islam
  • Realism
  • Republican administration policy towards
  • Republican party
  • Role of protestantism
  • Sadat, anwar
  • Settlements
  • Strategic asset (israel from the u.s. perspective)
  • Support for israel
  • Support for israel
  • Terrorism
  • U.s. policy towards
  • Verba, sidney
  • Walt, stephen m
  • Zionism, american conservative movement support for


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