The History and Legacy of US Policies Toward Palestine and Israel from 1776 to Now

Samuel M. Edelman
International Relations / Politics

Course Description

The history of the United States toward Ottoman and British Mandate Palestine and the State of Israel has been a roller-coaster of ups and downs. Sometimes pandering, sometimes pedantic, sometimes patronizing, sometimes arrogant, U.S. policy has, over the last 70 years, been growing warmer and warmer and growing closer and closer. This series will explore this relationship in-depth and look to see current patterns which may give insight as to where the U.S.-Israel relationship will go.


  1. George Washington to FDR
  2. Truman to LBJ
  3. Nixon to Bush 41
  4. Clinton to Trump

About the Instructor

  • Samuel M. Edelman, PhD, is the former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles and one of the founding faculty members of the Academic Council for Israel. He is also an Academic Fellow and adjunct professor of Israel Studies and Zionism at the University of Miami’s Miller Center for Judaic Studies. He is the former Director of the Israel on Campus Coalition Academic Affairs Department. He has served as the executive director of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. Edelman is also a frequent lecturer on world affairs issues for the high end cruise ship industry.