Global Policy Series: US-Israeli Relations
From Jeff Layne
Faculty, CSU, Chico Comparative Religions and Humanities Department
Dr. Wyrick discusses the role of Israel in U.S. Foreign Policy and in the 2016 Presidential election from a historical perspective. He begins with the 19th century birth of Zionism – the political movement that supported the re-establishment of a Jewish Homeland in the territory defined as the historic Land of Israel. He explains how that area of the Middle East was divided up in many ways and ruled by many different nations since the early 20th century. Dr. Wyrick looks at a number of historical events, including the creation of Israel in 1948 (which resulted in 700,000 Arab refugees), the 1967 war and the growth of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. He concludes by sharing the positions of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump regarding U.S. relations with Israel.
Recorded: October 4, 2016