Support Any Friend by Warren Bass
Kennedy's Middle East and the Making of the U.S.-Israel Alliance

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At the Cold War's height, John F. Kennedy set precedents that continue to shape America's encounter with the Middle East. Kennedy was the first president to make a major arms sale to Israel, the only president to push hard to deny Israel the atomic bomb, and the last president to reach out to the greatest champion of Arab nationalism, Egyptian President Jamal Abdul Nasser. Now Warren Bass takes readers inside the corridors of power to show how Kennedy's New Frontiersmen grappled with the Middle East. He explains why the fiery Nasser spurned Washington's overtures and stumbled into a Middle Eastern Vietnam. He shows how Israel persuaded the Kennedy administration to start arming the Jewish state. And he grippingly describes JFK's showdown with Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion over Israel's secret nuclear reactor. From the Oval Office to secret diplomatic missions to Cairo and Tel Aviv, Bass offers stunning new insights into the pivotal presidency that helped create the U.S.-Israel alliance and the modern Middle East.

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Warren Bass serves on the professional staff of the 9/11 Commission. A former senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, and The Jerusalem Report. He lives in Washington, D.C.
Published June 5, 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA. 359 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A Middle Eastern nation becomes a nuclear power and refuses to admit arms inspectors, an American president threatens intervention: news from today's headlines, now more than 40 years old.

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