Israel as a Regional Great Power: Paradoxes of Regional Alienation

  • Nils A. Butenschøn


Israel is a small state with few natural resources, and has no accepted position in the regional, and predominantly Arab, states system. Still, Israel’s presence in the region is felt in every corner of the Middle East. It is the ‘logic’ of Israel’s problematic regional relations which is the theme of this chapter.


Middle East Arab Country Arab World International Politics Arab State 
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