Securing the Covenant: United States-Israel Relations After the Cold War

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Securing the Covenant: United States-Israel Relations After the Cold War

By Bernard Reich
Praeger, 1995
171 pp. $55.00
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If one believes that the primary anchor of the U.S.-Israeli relationship is strategic, then there is reason to conclude that the end of the Cold War will produce significant changes in this dyad. But as Reich argues in this eminently sensible treatment, the relationship has more to do with shared values and politics than with grand strategy, and it is therefore likely to endure. The discussion of expanding economic relations is particularly welcome in what is essentially an introductory primer of high quality. What one misses is an examination of some of the future contingencies that might influence the relationship one way or the other. For example, would the return of Likud to power, the stalling of the peace process, or a general loss of interest in Middle East affairs on the part of the American public leave the relationship unaffected?