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The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy Paperback – September 2, 2008
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“Controversial.” ―Terry Gross, Fresh Air, NPR
“It could not be more timely.” ―David Bromwich, The Huffington Post
“The strategic questions they raise now, particularly about Israel's privileged relationship with the United States, are worth debating.” ―David Remnick. The New Yorker
“Ruthlessly realistic.” ―William Grimes, The New York Times
“The argument they present is towering and clear and about time.” ―Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss.com
“Mearsheimer, a political scientist at the University of Chicago, and Walt, on the faculty at Harvard, set off a political firestorm.” ―Jay Solomon, The Wall Street Journal.com
“Promises controversy on a scale not seen since Samuel Huntington's Clash of Civilizations sought to reframe a new world order.” ―Stefan Halper, National Interest.com
“Deals with Middle East policymaking at a time when America's problems in that region surpass our problems anywhere else . . . People are definitely arguing about it. It's also the kind of book you do not have to agree with on every count (I certainly don't) to benefit from reading.” ―MJ Rosenberg, Israel Policy Forum Newsletter
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So if neither "shared values" nor "strategic asset" can explain the overwhelming U.S. support of Israel, what else is there?Read more ›
The authors published a brief last year that examined the Israel lobby and its impact on U.S. Middle East policy. When the Atlantic Monthly cowardly reneged on their promise to publish the paper, they found refuge with the London Review of Books. Thank to the internet, the Lobby was not able to squelch their research. This paper has now circulated among millions of Americans.Read more ›
Documentation is not wanting for these claims. Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. aid since WWII, amounting to some $154 billion (2005 dollars), and about $500/citizen today. Since 1982, the US has vetoed 42 Security Council resolutions critical of Israel, more than the total number of vetoes cast by all the other Security Council members - and this does not even count those that did not come to a vote because of a U.S. veto threat. At the same time, the Israel lobby is also credited with pushing the U.S. away from Syria (had been providing al Qaeda intelligence post 9/11 and Iran (had supported U.S. airmen rescue efforts in Afghanistan, and offered an opportunity for a major agreement at the time Iraq fell).
This extraordinary support might be justified if there were some great moral reason or security need involved. Our military has not been able to use Israel as a base in either Gulf War, nor could we ask it to help for risk of triggering a calamity in the region. Further, the U.S. has a terrorism threat in common with Israel because of our support for that nation. Thus, Israel is far from an asset to the U.S. As for moral argument, Israel's past and present conduct involving continual abuse of the Palestinians after stealing their land offers no moral basis for preferring it over the Palestinians.
So how do we explain our extraordinary support for Israel? The answer, claim the authors, is the Israel lobby.Read more ›
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This is an extensively researched book which addresses the disfunctioning lobby structure in the US society. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Critical Eye
Very informative. Everything is substantiated. It's not easy to read but that's because it's not meant to be a novel or invoke feelings. It is written to inform and educate.Published 8 days ago by L. T.
Somebody finally had guts to tell it how it is and dispute the mainstream view. Kudos!The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign PolicyPublished 10 days ago by Chrzaszcz Brzmi W. Trzcinie
This is a very important book on what has regrettably been a taboo subject in American politics and international affairs for far too long. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Brian Brockmeyer
You'll learn with great detail the incredible influence the AIPAC and other pro-isreal/zionist lobbies have over American foreign policy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by N A
It is now commonplace for negative or mixed reviews of this book to charge the authors with anti-Semitism. There will be none of that in this review. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eric Gartman
This book, bravely written by two of the world's top International Security experts, John Mearsheimer & Steve Walt, is ahead of its time and absolutely necessary reading by every... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Blake Parker