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Support Any Friend: Kennedy's Middle East and the Making of the U.S.-Israel Alliance (Council on Foreign Relations Book)

Support Any Friend: Kennedy's Middle East and the Making of the U.S.-Israel Alliance (Council on Foreign Relations Book)

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Publication Date: December 9th, 2004
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN:
9780195177503
Pages:
360
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Description

At the Cold War's height, John F. Kennedy set precedents that continue to shape America's encounter with the Middle East. Kennedy was the first president to make a major arms sale to Israel, the only president to push hard to deny Israel the atomic bomb, and the last president to reach out to the greatest champion of Arab nationalism, Egyptian President Jamal Abdul Nasser. Now Warren Bass takes readers inside the corridors of power to show how Kennedy's New Frontiersmen grappled with the Middle East. He explains why the fiery Nasser spurned Washington's overtures and stumbled into a Middle Eastern Vietnam. He shows how Israel persuaded the Kennedy administration to start arming the Jewish state. And he grippingly describes JFK's showdown with Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion over Israel's secret nuclear reactor. From the Oval Office to secret diplomatic missions to Cairo and Tel Aviv, Bass offers stunning new insights into the pivotal presidency that helped create the U.S.-Israel alliance and the modern Middle East.

About the Author

Warren Bass serves on the professional staff of the 9/11 Commission. A former senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, and The Jerusalem Report. He lives in Washington, D.C.