Special Relationships in International Relations

I am currently writing a paper for my Politics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict class exploring the so called special relationship between the US and Israel and whether or not it would be in Israeli best interest to end the relationship.

At the beginning of my research for this paper my answer seemed simple. A special relationship was one formed around a common enemy and the protection of shared interests, but upon further exploration it certainly doesn’t seem quite so cut and dry. Or, perhaps as my research has progressed I’ve become even more idealist. But, the whole Irish Crisis, I’ve become acutely atuned to the fact that a special relationship is not formed in opposition to a common enemy (state) but in opposition to a common threat, or in unity to a common benefit.

All this thinking for a bus journey…man I’m deep!

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