An evolution in messaging: Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, 1974-1984

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2021-08

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In 1973, members of the neoconservative commentator class and the Zionist American audience were startled by the events of the Yom Kippur War. The sudden rush to resupply Israel by the United States and the overall depletion of the U.S. stockpiles gave those individuals pause. Those concerns sparked an idea to organize what later became the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), based in Washington, D.C. The thesis focuses on the conversations and actions of Max Kampelman, Richard Schifter, Eugene Rostow, and Lawrence Goldmuntz, all prominent neoconservative activists from within the American Jewish community. The work details their pursuit to link the Israeli national defense funding to the U.S. foreign aid and defense budgets. The first ten years of JINSA are examined herein. Starting with the formative years, chronicling the conversations, writings, and activities that brought JINSA to inception and moving through the first term of President Ronald Reagan, an evolution of messaging emerges that has stood the test of time. The thesis examines a gap in present neoconservative literature as well. Showing how JINSA matters in the ideological conversation of neoconservative influence and thought in the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s. As a neoconservative organization, JINSA is a valuable asset to not only political history, but Jewish-American history, military history, and the history of foreign policy.

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Neoconservative, Max Kampelman, Richard Schifter, Eugene Rostow, JINSA, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, Reagan Administration, President Reagan, Think Tank, Cold War, Anti-Communism, Political History, Politics, Central America, Soviet Union, Israel, Foreign Policy, Domestic Policy

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