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Original languageEnglish
Article numberdhx090
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)590-612
JournalDiplomatic History
Journal publication date1 Sep 2018
Early online date8 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018


This article examines the popular cultural dimensions of the U.S.-Israeli alliance. Focusing on the fierce competition that took place between American and Israeli filmmakers to re-enact the Israeli military's Entebbe raid of July 1976, it demonstrates that Hollywood and Israel enjoyed an extraordinarily close relationship in the 1970s. The article argues that Hollywood's "Entebbe episode" points to the importance of investigating the role of propaganda and public diplomacy in the Arab-Israeli conflict and to the value of exploring the hidden complexities of America's pro-Israel community.


This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Diplomatic History following peer review. Under embargo until 8 December 2018. The version of record: Tony Shaw, and Giora Goodman, ‘Hollywood’s Raid on Entebbe: Behind the Scenes of the United States-Israel Alliance’, Diplomatic History, dhx090, December 2017, is available online at: doi: © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail:

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