This essay looks at the 2012 Republican primaries through the lens of “localism” and how candidates and lobbies manipulate for their own purposes the ignorance of their voting constituencies on issues not relevant to their everyday lives. After a discussion of the wider process, the piece focuses on the eight leading candidates in the presidential primary race with regard to Israel and Palestine, with an overview of their positions and advisers. It ends with some reflections on the consequences of the peculiarly American mix of localism, national politics, and special interest groups.
Israel, the Palestinians, and the 2012 Republican Primaries: Fantasy Politics on Display
Lawrence Davidson is professor of history at West Chester University. His most recent book is Cultural Genocide (Rutgers University Press, 2012). Also, the tenth edition of A Concise History of the Middle East (Westview Press), coauthored with Arthur Goldschmidt, will be out in late 2012.
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Lawrence Davidson; Israel, the Palestinians, and the 2012 Republican Primaries: Fantasy Politics on Display. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 July 2012; 41 (4): 48–64. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2012.XLI.4.48
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