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Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East

Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East

Bermant, Azriel, author

This volume examines Margaret Thatcher's policy on the Middle East, with a spotlight on her approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 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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Published New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2016

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Statement of responsibility: Azriel Bermant
ISBN: 1316792420, 9781316792421
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 246-251) and index.
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: xvi, 257 pages : illustrations, maps
Subject: Middle East; United States of America, USA; c 1980 to c 1989; Politics and Government; Thatcher, Margaret Influence.; Political science & theory; Great Britain Foreign relations 1979-1997.; International relations; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Middle Eastern history; Politics & government; Great Britain Foreign relations Middle East.; Middle East Foreign relations Great Britain.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781107151949