This book surveys discourse and opinion in the United States toward the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1991. Contrary to popular myth, it demonstrates that US support for Israel is not based on the pro-Israel lobby, but rather is deeply rooted in American political culture. That support has increased since 9/11. However, the bulk of this increase has been among Republicans, conservatives, evangelicals, and Orthodox Jews. Meanwhile, among Democrats, liberals, the Mainline Protestant Church, and non-Orthodox Jews, criticism of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians has become more vociferous. This book works to explain this paradox.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. Like US: identifying with Israel; Part I. Party and Ideology: 2. Republicans, conservatives, and the Right: the surge in support for Israel; 3. Democrats, liberals, and the Left: the rise in criticism of Israel; Part II. Protestants: 4. Evangelicals and Christian Zionism: standing with Israel; 5. The Mainline and anti-Zionism: divesting from Israel?; Part III. Jews: 6. American Jews' attachment to Israel: mind the gap; 7. American Jews and the peace process: divided we stand?; Conclusion.