United States – Israel relations (1953-1957) revisited
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-09, 19:58 authored by David TalDavid Tal
The accepted approach to American-Israeli relations during Eisenhower's presidency (1953-1957) holds that Eisenhower was aloof and distant toward Israel. Yet, Eisenhower's policies toward Israel during those years were nuanced and sophisticated, entwining interests and ideals. With the onset of the Cold War, Eisenhower aimed to preserve and increase American influence in the Middle East in a way that would not put Israel at risk, but would respond to concerns voiced at home about his policies toward Israel and the surrounding nations. Furthermore, the administration's approach was more continuous with Truman's than Eisenhower and Dulles let on, as evidenced by their policy of “friendly impartiality” toward Israel, attentiveness to Israel's military and economic needs, and sensitivity to the views of American Jewry.
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