Sharon's banana republic

Safieh, Afif
May 2004
Middle East;May2004, Issue 345, p66
The study of U.S.-Israeli relations has preoccupied two generations of scholars. Two competing schools of thought addressed the "who wags whom" debate. The first school spoke of "an American Israel", with the U.S. dictating to the local ally its regional policy in accordance with the U.S. global vision. The second school projects the image of "an Israeli America", a complex relationship where the global superpower adopts the regional policy of its client state and integrates it in its global strategy. This is seen as a result of a powerful pro-Israel lobby that succeeded in turning "Capitol Hill into another Israeli-occupied territory".


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