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THE PASSIONATE ATTACHMENT: America’s Involvement With Israel, 1947 To The Present.: Ball, George W....

THE PASSIONATE ATTACHMENT: America’s Involvement With Israel, 1947 To The Present.

Ball, George W. & Douglas B.

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ISBN 10: 0393029336 / ISBN 13: 9780393029338
Published by NY & London. 1992. W.W. Norton., 1992
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blue & white ½ cloth hardbound 8vo. dustwrapper in protective plastic. very fine cond. as new. binding square & tight. covers clean. edges clean. contents free of all markings. dustwrapper in fine cond. not worn or torn or price clipped. nice clean copy. no library markings, store stamps, stickers, bookplates, no names, inking , underlining, remainder markings etc ~ first edition. first printing ( # 1 in # line). 382p. 3 b&w maps. 5 tables. notes. index. world history. politics. foreign policy. american history. history of israel. zionism. AIPAC. history of the middle east. arab history. ~ In his Farewell Address, George Washington admonished his fellow citizens to steer clear of a "passionate attachment" to another nation, as such could create "the illusion of a common interest . where no common interest exists." This warning echoes through the pages of this unflinching examination of our four~decade entanglement in the web of Middle East politics. The distinguished authors here trace the sequence of events that brought the United States into a relationship unique in its history, with its foreign policy often manipulated by another, much smaller nation. The costs have been financial: American aid to Israel well exceeds the total of U.S. payments to reconstruct postwar Europe. The costs have been political and moral: denouncing arms sales as destabilizing to the Middle East, the United States has poured weapons into Israel; while championing national self~determination, the United States has failed to do anything effective to halt Israel's colonization of the West Bank. Israeli forbearance from entering the Gulf War in 1991 and thereby undoing the coalition of Arab States put together by the Bush administration further intensified our passionate attachment. To achieve a durable settlement in an area beset by age~old disputes, the authors call for an end to our unquestioned acquiescence in Israeli action and a broadened role for collective security. In his long and multifaceted career as a diplomat, international lawyer, and statesman, George Ball has been at the center of many crises. He interrogated Albert Speer during the last days of the Third Reich, worked with Jean Monnet in rebuilding Europe, supervised airdrops to save hostages in the Congo, and was one of President Kennedy's advisers throughout the tense days of the Cuban missile crisis. As undersecretary of state in the Johnson and Kennedy administrations, he fought a lonely and protracted fight against our Vietnam involvement. In Washington, as ambassador to the United Nations, and in his continuing career as a columnist and investment banker Mr. Ball has confronted the great issues of our times. Dr. Douglas B. Ball has assisted George Ball in the preparation of several books. He holds a doctorate from the London School of Economics, and master's degrees in history from Yale University and in business administration from Columbia University. Bookseller Inventory # 11101103

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Publisher: NY & London. 1992. W.W. Norton.

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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An examination of America's four-decade entanglement in Middle Eastern politics traces the sequence of events that brought the United States to the point where its policies are manipulated by an ally.

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Israel receives more than one-fourth of the U.S. foreign aid budget, but with its high level of militarization, it must sell weapons to survive, note the authors. Israel's dubious armaments customers include South Africa, Iran, Latin American and African dictatorships. George Ball, former undersecretary of State, and his son Douglas ( Financial Failure and Confederate Defeat ) argue that Israel is no longer an indispensable protective shield for America's Middle East interests. Sharply curtailing U.S. aid, they suggest, would force Israel to get its house in order. The Israeli economy, they point out, is smothered with state-owned, incompetent, unprofitable industries and stifling bureaucracy plus the staggering costs of its military and its colonization program in the Occupied Territories. From Eisenhower to Bush, the Balls trace a shift in U.S. policy toward an accommodation to what they see as Israel's obstruction of the peace process. They advocate Palestinian self-determination with limitations on the arms permitted in an independent Palestinian state. An important, powerful book.
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