Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 3, 2016 - History - 274 pages
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Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East examines Thatcher's policy on the Middle East, with a spotlight on her approach towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It questions claims that she sought to counter the Foreign Office Middle East policy, and maintains that the prime minister was actually in close agreement with the Whitehall bureaucracy on the Arab-Israeli conflict. In particular, the volume argues that Thatcher's concerns over Soviet ambitions in the Middle East encouraged her to oppose the policies of Israel's Likud governments, and to work actively for an urgent resolution of the conflict. Furthermore, while Thatcher was strongly pro-American, this was not translated into automatic support for Israel. Indeed, the Thatcher government was very much at odds with the Reagan administration over the Middle East, as a result of Washington's neglect of the forces of moderation in the region.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Thatcher and the Finchley Factor
16
The New Soviet Threat
30
Thatcher Endorses the Venice Declaration
44
Operation Babylon
57
The Crisis in AngloAmerican Relations
69
Israels Invasion of Lebanon
88
Thatchers Diplomatic Initiative
109
The Reagan Administration Spurns the London Agreement
155
The Collapse of the Jordanian Option
170
A New Approach towards the PLO
182
The End of a Friendship
191
Conclusion
214
Bibliography
246
Index
252
Copyright

Thatchers Landmark Visit to Israel
132

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Azriel Bermant is a historian, and a research fellow in the arms control and regional security program at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University. Dr Bermant was awarded his PhD from University College London. His work has been published in numerous publications, including Foreign Affairs, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Haaretz. He is the author of The Russian and Iranian Missile Threats: Implications for NATO Missile Defense (2014).

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