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Genesis of American Support for Israel: The Gentile Push for a Jewish State

How has the role of Zionism and Israel in U.S. politics evolved over American history? David and ‘The Arc of a Covenant’ author Walter Russell Mead address this question and more.

Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, accompanied by Israel Ambassador to the U.S. Abba Eban, visits President Harry Truman during their visit to the states, 1/5/1951. (Government Press Office, FRITZ COHEN)
Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, accompanied by Israel Ambassador to the U.S. Abba Eban, visits President Harry Truman during their visit to the states, 1/5/1951. (Government Press Office, FRITZ COHEN)

Walter Russell Mead, the author of ‘The Arc of a Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People,’ discusses the centuries-long history of Zionism in America, the hurdles Truman overcame to recognize the state of Israel, and the evolution of Israel’s role in U.S. domestic politics. Mead is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a scholar at Hudson Institute.

Decision Points is a Washington Institute podcast on key moments in Israel’s history and present. The first season focused on the history of U.S. Israel relations, the second season examined key Israeli and Arab leaders, and the third season shifted the focus to Israel’s toughest contemporary policy dilemmas.

Season 4 of the podcast highlights a set of books which are essential to understanding the U.S.-Israel relationship and the history of Zionism and Israel. In each episode, authors will unpack their books and engage in striking and insightful conversations.

The host, David Makovsky, is the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow in The Washington Institute’s Irwin Levy Family Program on the U.S.-Israel Strategic Relationship and director of the Koret Project on Arab-Israel Relations. He is a former senior advisor to the U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, as well as a sought-after expert in U.S.-Israel diplomatic relations and territorial solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Guests include Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.; Natan Sharansky, a human rights activist and former Israeli government minister; David Petraeus, former CIA Director; and Tzipi Livni, former Israeli Foreign Minister.

The podcast is both a history lesson and an exploration of contemporary policy decisions impacting Israel, the United States, and the Middle East at large.

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