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18 American Jews and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: A Study of Diaspora in International Affairs

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The Middle East has been an arena of concern for American foreign policy since World War II and, within that geographic area, the Arab/Palestinian-Israel conflict receives special attention. This chapter deals with attitudes of American Jews toward central issues in Arab-Israel conflict and the peace process. It focuses on three dimensions: perceptions of America's Jews as to Arab objectives-reclaiming territory, or destruction of Israel; American Jewish support of and/or opposition to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state; and American Jewish stances with respect to concessions on status of Jerusalem as a unified city under Israeli jurisdiction. The chapter has a comparative nature, tracing changes in attitudes over the course of a twelve-year period, from 1998 to 2010. It contributes to the corpus of knowledge about diasporas and international affairs in general and, in particular, the positions of Jewish diaspora in the United States toward advancing peace in Middle East.

Keywords: American foreign policy; American Jews; destruction of Israel; Israeli-Palestinian peace process; Jerusalem; Jewish diaspora; Palestinian-Israel conflict



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