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Mythologies Without End – The US, Israel, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1917-2020 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Mythologies Without End: The US, Israel, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1917-2020

Jerome Slater


Every nation has narratives or stories it tells itself about its history but which typically contain factually false or misleading mythologies that often result in devastating consequences for itself and for others. In the case of Israel and its indispensable ally, the United States, the central mythology is “the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity,” as the Israeli diplomat Abba Eban famously said in a 1973 statement that has been widely quoted ever since. However, the historical truth is very nearly the converse: it is Israel and the United States that have repeatedly lost ... More

Keywords: Zionism, narratives and mythologies, Arab-Israeli conflict, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, US policies, two-state settlement

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190459086
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190459086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jerome Slater, author
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, SUNY-Buffalo

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