The U.S.-Israel Relationship

Rasmus Christian Hviid Køhlert & Victor Peter Neidhardt Frederiksen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project focuses on the special relationship between the U.S. and Israel. Why was it originally formed, and is it still worth holding on to? This paper will use foreign policy analysis to help analyse the leaders who took, and currently take, the decisions, and what the outcomes of those decisions have been. Thus, the project is split into two analyses. The first trying to determine, whether Nixon’s decision to give large amounts of aid to Israel 1973 was a good and rational decision, and the second part examining, if it makes sense to still hold on to giving aid to Israel. Besides the foreign policy analysis, the project discusses benefits and disadvantages from the partnership. The project concludes, that providing aid to Israel during the Cold War was a good decision, as it was a way to keep pressure on the Soviet without going into direct conflict, and protected U.S. power, which was Nixon’s biggest concern. The aid does still give some benefits today, but it does not seem necessary to give the same large amounts as we see today, as U.S. priorities has changed with the shift of presidents. Obama has been more concerned with improving domestic conditions than international influence, which is why the project concludes that the amount of aid given to Israel could be scaled down, but not completely removed.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
VejledereGorm Rye Olsen