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At the height of the Cold War, the John F. Kennedy administration designed an ambitious plan for the Middle East - its aim was to seek rapprochement with Nasser's Egypt in order to keep the Arab world neutral and contain the perceived communist threat. In order to offset this approach, Kennedy sought to grow relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and embrace Israel's defense priorities - a decision which would begin the US-Israeli 'special relationship'. Here, Antonia Perra shows for the first time how new relations with Saudi Arabia and Israel which would come to shape the Middle East for decades were in fact a by-product of Kennedy's efforts at Soviet containment.