US Policy Towards the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Reading in Faces of Change

US Policy Towards the Arab-Israeli Conflict: A Reading in Faces of Change

  • 20 May 2002

The speaker reviewed the nature of the distinctive US–Israel
relations and the role of the Jewish lobby in influencing US
decisions and policy through the two organizations that
constitute the lobby: the Conference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organizations and the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The obvious US bias toward Israel
clearly shows this is a significant matter. The speaker mentioned
that Israeli aspirations embody the goal of imposing hegemony
over the Middle Eastern region. In this respect, the lecture
shed light on Israel’s military strength and the various kinds
of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) it possesses due to
the significant and relentless American support, of which has
contributed to the regional imbalance of power. The lecture
discussed the US foreign policy of President George W. Bush
as declared in the aftermath of September 11 under the slogan
“War Against Terrorism,” referring to the American policy that
aims to impose change on the cultural and religious systems of
peoples in accordance with the requirements of globalization
and the world capital market. The speaker also discussed how
to face the American policy. In this framework, he pointed out
that there is a need to rebuild the Arab security system, which
necessitates a qualitative change in the intra-Arab relations
and activation of the Arab League in terms of coordination
and cooperation between Arab states. In addition, the speaker
clarified how the Palestinian issue can influence regional
security and world peace, pointing out that it is difficult to
resolve the Palestinian cause and to end the Arab–Israeli
conflict in light of the imbalance of power between the Arabs
and Israelis. This is particularly so within the context of Israel’s
continuous endeavor to strengthen its military arsenal and
prevent the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state, as
well as its insistence to adopt the policy of hegemony over the
entire Middle East.

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Monday 20 May 2002

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Monday 20 May 2002

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