Israel and the Origins of Iran's Arab Option: Dissection of a Strategy Misunderstood
Abstract:This article argues that Iran's "Arab option" — the Arab and pro-Palestinian tilt in Iran's foreign policy — did not emerge out of the ideological musings of Iran's Islamic revolutionaries, but out of Iran's new-found position of preeminence in the later years of the Shah's rule. The sustainability of Iran's regional leadership required Arab acceptance and support, which could only be won through a pro-Arab orientation in Iran's foreign policy.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: June 1, 2006
The Middle East Institute has published The Middle East Journal quarterly since 1947. The Journal provides original and objective research and analysis, as well as source material, on the area from Morocco to Pakistan and including Central Asia. The Journal provides the background necessary for an understanding and appreciation of the region's political and economic development, cultural heritage, ethnic and religious diversity.
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