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From Liability to Asset

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Israeli Exceptionalism
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The Zionists did not gain American sponsorship for their colonial project because of a prior convergence of their strategic interests. Instead, a temporary and limited convergence was created by the sponsorship itself. Israel, then, deftly exploited this self-created convergence to deepen America’s pro-Israel policies and make it irreversible.

It seems to me and all members of my office acquainted with the Middle East that the policy which we are following [support for partition] … is contrary to the interests of the United States and will eventually involve us in international difficulties … we are forfeiting the friendship of the Arab world … [and] incurring long-term Arab hostility towards us.

—Loy Henderson, November 1947

US prestige in the Muslim world has suffered a severe blow, and US strategic interests in the Mediterranean and Near East have been seriously prejudiced.

—George F. Kennan, January 1948

The United States has a special relationship with Israel in the Middle East comparable only to that which it has with Britain over a wide range of world affairs … I think it is quite clear that in case of an invasion the United States would come to the support of Israel.

—John F. Kennedy, December 19621

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Alam, M.S. (2009). From Liability to Asset. In: Israeli Exceptionalism. Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

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