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The Arc of a Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People

The Arc of a Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People

In this bold examination of the Israeli-American relationship, Walter Russell Mead demolishes the myths that both pro-Zionists and anti-Zionists have fostered over the years. He makes clear that Zionism has always been a divisive subject in the American Jewish community, and that American Christians have often been the most fervent supporters of a Jewish state, citing examples from the time of J.P. Morgan and John D. Rockefeller to the present day.

He spotlights the almost forgotten story of left-wing support for Zionism, arguing that Eleanor Roosevelt and liberal New Dealers had more influence on President Truman's Israel policy than the American Jewish community--and that Stalin's influence was more decisive than Truman's in Israel's struggle for independence. Mead shows how Israel's rise in the Middle East helped kindle both the modern evangelical movement and the Sunbelt coalition that carried Reagan into the White House. Highlighting the real sources of Israel's support across the American political spectrum, he debunks the legend of the so-called "Israel lobby." And, he describes the aspects of American culture that make it hostile to anti-Semitism and warns about the danger to that tradition of tolerance as our current culture wars heat up.

With original analysis and in lively prose, Mead illuminates the American-Israeli relationship, how it affects contemporary politics, and how it will influence the future of both that relationship and American life.

Chapter 1. The Mystery of Zion

Chapter 2. The Quest for Planet Vulcan

Chapter 3. A Knock at the Door

Chapter 4. George Washington and the Jews

Chapter 5. The “End of History” and the American Mind

Chapter 6. Maelstrom

Chapter 7. Great Decisions

Chapter 8. Blackstone and Lodge

Chapter 9. American Cyrus

Chapter 10. Cyrus and Britain

Chapter 11. Cyrus and Stalin

Chapter 12. Cyrus Agonistes

Chapter 13. The Cold Peace

Chapter 14. Alignment

Chapter 15. The Great Miscalculation

Chapter 16. The Great MacGuffin and the Quest for the Holy Grail

Chapter 17. Right Nation

Chapter 18. Apocalypse Now: Israel Policy Under George W. Bush

Chapter 19. Israel and the Exceptional American Left

Chapter 20. Cool Hands, Hot World

Chapter 21. American Crisis and the Fate of the Jewish People


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