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U.S. Foreign Policy Discourse and the Israel Lobby

The Clinton Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

  • Keith Peter Kiely

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Keith Peter Kiely
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  3. Keith Peter Kiely
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  4. Keith Peter Kiely
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  5. Keith Peter Kiely
    Pages 131-165
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    Pages 193-199
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 201-270

About this book

Introduction

This book seeks to debunk the popular myth of an all-powerful pro-Israel lobby. Here, Kiely demonstrates how discourses surrounding American Identity and US foreign policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which has deep roots in American historicity, have constructed an understanding of the conflict which is inherently more susceptible to the Israeli narrative. Kiely argues that the so-called power of what other researchers, such as Mearsheimer and Walt (2006, 2007), call ‘The Israel Lobby’ are limited by these discourses. It is the author’s contention that groups such as The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) serve to amplify and reproduce existing representations within these discourses which align the United States and Israel in terms of cultural, historical and political values while simultaneously reinforcing dominant representations of the Palestinian ‘Other’.

Keywords

US Foreign Policy Clinton Administration Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Israel Lobby Political influence United States of America American exceptionalism American domestic politics American identity Regional security Middle East ally Strategic priorities Foreign policy discourse

Authors and affiliations

  • Keith Peter Kiely
    • 1
  1. 1.Issues Without BordersSofiaBulgaria

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