Israel, the Palestinians, and the 2012 Republican Primaries: Fantasy Politics on Display

Author
Lawrence Davidson
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Journal of Palestine Studies
Volume
41
Issue Number
4
Publication Date
Summer 2012
Institution
Institute for Palestine Studies
Abstract
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.
Topic
Politics
Political Geography
America, Israel, Palestine