While the US continues to struggle in its relationship with Israel, it is clear that a shift in logics is taking place. Obama, who came into office with a plan to create a viable two-state solution in the land of Israel, is closing his second term with a different perspective. Patrick Callahan might describe Obama’s early foreign policy strategy as the “liberal internationalism” logic. As time has moved on, and especially since the recent reelection of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Obama has shown that his administration is willing to compromise their “special relationship” with Israel to get the job done. Although America seems to be sticking with its idealist perspective on foreign policy, there has been a shift from liberal internationalism to more active unilateralist.
Section headings I want to include:
-Obama Takes Office
~Want to discuss the shift of foreign policy towards Gaza and Israel from Bush to Obama (big support for Bush in Israel).
~“Obama has pledged support for Israeli military superiority in the region and his described his allegiance with Israel as being ‘sacrosanct’.” (wiki)
~Israel does not recognize Hamas, wants no part in negotiations with them.
-No Shortcut to Peace
~Administration shows much support for Israel, President veto-ed Palestinian application for statehood in 2011 “no shortcut to peace”
~Still adamant on two-state solution and need support from international community (including parties on both sides)
~Meanwhile, both sides have opposite narratives and blame the other for every violent break out.
-Summer in Gaza
~2014, 51 day conflict in Gaza
~Palestinians see arms struggle as only way to fight for their land and peace
-Hope for Peace?
~Reelection of Netanyahu
~Less hope for two-state solution on both sides
~Netanyahu’s statements win him election, but deteriorate relationship between US and Israel
~Obama administration reexamines support for Israel, stands firm on two-state solution in territory- regardless of Netanyahu’s statements.
Want to focus on the past three years primarily