Mythologies Without End: The US, Israel, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1917-2020

ISBN : 9780190459086

Jerome Slater
368 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Dec 2020
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The history of modern Israel is a fiercely contested subject. From the Balfour declaration to the Six-Day War to the recent assault on Gaza, ideologically-charged narratives and counter-narratives battle for dominance not just in Israel itself but throughout the world. In the United States and Israel, the Israeli cause is treated as the more righteous one, albeit with important qualifiers and caveats. In Mythologies Without End, Jerome Slater, a senior scholar on the conflict and a perceptive critic of Israel, takes stock of the conflict over time and argues that US policies in the region are largely a product of mythologies that are often flatly wrong. Because of their widespread acceptance, there have been devastating consequences to the true interests of both countries. However, the historical truth is very nearly the converse: it is Israel and the US that have repeatedly lost, discarded, or even deliberately sabotaged many opportunities to reach fair compromise settlements of the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts. As Slater reexamines the entire history of the conflict from its onset at the end of WWI through today, he argues that a refutation of the many mythologies is a necessary first step toward solving the Arab-Israeli conflict. Focusing on US role in the conflict, this book exposes the self-defeating policies of both the US and Israel, which have served to prolong the conflict far beyond when it should have been resolved.


Ch. 1: Introduction
Part 1: The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Origins and Early Years
Ch. 2: Zionism Reconsidered
Ch. 3: The Onset of the Conflict, 1917-1947
Ch. 4: The Creation of The State of Israel, 1947-48
Ch. 5: Explaining U.S. Policies Towards Israel
Part II. War and Peace in the Arab-Israeli State Conflict, 1948-2018
Ch. 6: The 1948 War
Ch. 7: Lost Opportunities for Peace, 1949-56
Ch. 8: Israel, Egypt, and the 1956 Suez War
Ch. 9: From War to War, 1956-1967
Ch. 10: The Cold War and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1967-1974
Ch. 11: The Israeli Peace Treaties With Egypt and Jordan
Ch. 12: The Lebanon Wars
Ch. 13: The Israeli-Syrian Conflict, 1973-2018
Part III. War and Peace in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Ch. 14: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, 1917-1982
Ch. 15: The Rise and Fall of the Peace Process, 1975-1999
Ch. 16: The Peace Process Resumed: Camp David and Taba, 2000-2001
Ch. 17: The Israeli Occupation and Palestinian Resistance, 2001-2008
Ch. 18. Israel, the Siege of Gaza and the Evolution of Hamas, 2008-2014
Ch. 19: The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, Last Gasps, 2001-16
Ch. 20: The Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian Conflicts in the Netanyahu-Trump Era 2017-2020
Ch. 21: Summary and Conclusions

About the author: 

Jerome Slater is Emeritus Professor of Political Science and a University Research Scholar at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has taught and written about US foreign policy and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for nearly 50 years, both for professional journals, such as International Security, Security Studies, and Political Science Quarterly, among others. He writes foreign policy columns for the Sunday Viewpoints section of the Buffalo News.

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