The United State 's Support Of Israel Essay

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The continued support of Israel by the United States led to the 1973 Oil Embargo because the encroachment on Arab sovereignty through the strengthening of Israel instilled a sense of solidarity amongst Arab states, so that they would unite in order to impose an effective retaliation against this perceived form of imperialism.

The United State’s support of Israel led to the emergence of shared anti-American feelings in the Arab world because Israel was seen as an extension of colonialism. “Like all other parts of the Third World, the Arab region was subjected to European political, military, and economic domination” (Alnasrawi 7). The epicenter of this perceived encroachment of Arab autonomy by the West was found in the Jewish state of Israel. Many Arabs held the opinion that “Israel serves as a ‘watch-dog’ for Western interests in the Middle East” (Al-Sowayegh 53). The existence of Israel created dissatisfaction amongst the Arab populations, and “Arab nationalism arose as a political response to foreign domination” (Alnasrawi 41). With the surging sense of nationalism, inevitable conflict broke out with Israel. For Arabs, “the Arab-Israeli conflict is a reflection of the power struggle between imperialism and nationalism” (Al-Sowayegh 53). The Arabs felt as though the existence of Israel threatened their sovereignty, and they believed that any support for its survival was also an extension of colonialism. The United States, particularly around the 1970s, gave “massive…

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