How did the close cooperation between the United States and Israel evolve? Did the Kennedy Administration represent a radical departure from Eisenhower´s policies in the region as previously believed? Ben-Zvi provides a significant reevaluation of the nature and origins of the American-Israeli alliance and the shaping of the modern Middle East
A diplomatic history which challenges the notion that the Eisenhower administration viewed Israel as a political and strategic liability. Studying the period between 1953 and 1962, the author argues that, the beginnings of the U.S. alliance with Israel was not a result of Kennedy's response to Jewish voters, but instead had its roots in the second term of Eisenhower. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.