Dissertations and Theses

Date of Award


Document Type



International Relations

First Advisor

Kimberly Gamble-Payne


Palestine, Israel, Military Industrial Complex, military aid, Israel-Palestine Conflict, UNWRA


This study reviews the current US and Israel militarized response to Palestine, the negative impacts on the Palestinian and Israeli people that result from this policy, and the military-industrial complex that benefits from the US-Israel relationship. I also note that the military industry profits from the Israel-Palestine conflict and, thus, has an incentive for the conflict to continue. I argue that despite billions of US dollars that have been appropriated by the U.S. Congress for Israel’s security, the US and Israel have failed to build peace in the region, ultimately wasting funds and exacerbating current conflicts. I also argue that Israel’s militarization has measurable impacts on Israeli citizen’s quality of life. Finally, this paper provides several alternatives to US and Israeli foreign policy regarding Palestine and the military industry. I conclude that US policy toward Israel should focus on divesting from Israeli weaponized digital technology and military capabilities.



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