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Israel’s Foreign Policy towards the PLO

The Impact of Globalization

Amnon Aran is a Lecturer at City University, London. His areas of
expertise lie in the International Relations of the Middle East, with
special reference to the Arab–Israeli conflict. Dr. Aran has also taught
at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Kings College,
and SOAS, and was the CEO of an Israeli–Palestinian NGO, Mahapch-Taghir.


This detailed examination of Israeli foreign policy towards the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) between the 1967 war and the 2009 conflict between Israel and Hamas, focuses on the impact and process of globalization on the Israeli state’s politics, economy, society and culture. Employing globalization theory and foreign policy analysis (FPA), causal relationships underpinning Israeli foreign policy – involving government, the state, the economy, social stratification, and the media – are linked to globalization by specific example. To date there have been only partial historical accounts of Israeli foreign policy towards the PLO in the context of globalization. It is generally understood that foreign policy towards the PLO became entangled with globalization due to the socio-economic and cultural globalization of Israel in the mid-1980s. However, this study shows that the impact of globalization on Israeli foreign policy towards the PLO has been shaped by four phases, each representing a different type and consequently producing a different outcome, of interrelationships between foreign policy and globalization. During the 1967–1973 period (the first phase), globalization and Israeli foreign policy were disconnected. Between 1973 and 1984 (the second phase) significant interrelationships developed between the political and military globalization of Israel and its foreign policy towards the PLO. During the 1985–1999 period (the third phase), the scope of these interrelationships expanded as Israeli foreign policy towards the PLO became interrelated with the economic, social and cultural aspects of globalization. The fourth phase, from 1999 to the present, can be termed a hybrid phase, during which political, military, economic, social, and cultural impacts of globalization, jointly impacted on Israel’s foreign policy towards the PLO.


Hardback ISBN: 978-1-84519-281-5
Hardback Price: £49.95 / $75.00
Release Date: September 2009
   
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-84519-483-3
Paperback Price: £19.95 / $29.95
Release Date: May 2011
   
Page Extent / Format: 180 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No
   

 



Acknowledgements
Glossary of Terms


Introduction

1 The Formation of Israeli Foreign Policy towards the PLO
2 Globalization, the Cold War, and the Entrenchment of the Hard-Line Stance
3 The Reformulation of Israeli Foreign Policy towards the PLO and the Changing Dynamics of Globalization
4 From Oslo to Unilateralism amid the Global War on Terror

Conclusion: From the Cold War to the Global War on
Terror – The Impact of Globalization on Israeli Foreign
Policy towards the PLO

Epilogue: From the Disengagement from Gaza to Operation Cast Lead

Notes
Bibliography
Index


In a field replete with partisan, single-factor and often repetitive approaches, Dr. Amnon Aran has provided an original and commanding analysis. Breaking with the convention, shared by both sides, of analysing the Palestinian question solely in terms of the actions of states, regional and international, he shows how it is the broader process of globalization, as this has developed since the 1970s, which has had a powerful impact on the evolution of the conflict. Challenging at once conventional wisdom on the Arab–Israeli dispute, and the broader theoretical disjuncture between studies of foreign policy and of globalization, Dr. Aran has made a multi-layered and signal contribution to contemporary debates within International Relations.
Fred Halliday, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, LSE, author of The Middle East in International Relations (CUP, 2005)

Aran examines Israeli foreign policy towards the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) between the 1967 war and 2005, with a focus on the impact of globalization. He uses globalization theory and foreign policy analysis to connect globalization to the government, the state, the economy, social stratification, and the media, showing the impact and varied outcomes of four phases: the disconnection between globalization and foreign policy between 1967 and 1973; the development of relationships between the political and military globalization from 1973 and 1984; the expansion of foreign policy as it became related to the economic, social, and cultural aspects of globalization from 1985–1999; and the hybrid phase from 1999 to the present, in which political, military, economic, social, and cultural impacts of globalization all influenced foreign policy. He does not provide a comprehensive account of Israel’s policy toward the PLO, but focuses on globalization and foreign policy, and therefore does not examine in detail such topics as the Jewish settler movement and the fragmented Israeli political system, or environmental globalization.
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