Following Israel's creation in 1948, the Palestinians disappeared from United States policy considerations and did not reemerge until the late 1960s, when they forced themselves on the world's consciousness with a series of terrorist actions and a determined assertion of national aims. With the exception of the Carter administration, the history of the two decades of American policy-making that followed is one of a concerted effort to suppress the Palestinian question as a political issue and to undermine the Palestine Liberation Organization. This article, the second in a three-part series, examines the frame of reference that molded policymaker thinking on Palestinian-Israeli issues-one centered on the Israeli perspective and basically ignorant of the Palestinian viewpoint-from the Eisenhower administration through the Reagan years.
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Kathleen Christison; Bound by a Frame of Reference, Part II: U.S. Policy and the Palestinians, 1948-88. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 April 1998; 27 (3): 20–34. doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2537832
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