From Publishers Weekly
In opposing the view that there is an Israel lobby with disproportionate influence on U.S. foreign policy (a view that Foxman says plays into the traditional anti-Semitic narrative about 'Jewish control'Â ), the national director of the Anti-Defamation League focuses on the controversial 2006 paper The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt (their book of the same title will be published in September). Foxman demolishes a number of shibboleths about the lobby's power. Much of the book's second half then takes on what Foxman sees as the biases and distortions in former president Carter's Palestine Peace or Apartheid
, offering evidence, for example, that Yasser Arafat, not Ehud Barak, was the obstacle to an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement at the Taba negotiations. But Foxman never really defines what the Israel lobby is, paying more attention to the ADL than to that lobby's main instrument, the America Israel Public Affairs Committee. And many will find debatable his claim that Israel has proven to be the single greatest source of stability in the region. This book succeeds far more as a rebuttal of a pernicious theory about a mythically powerful Jewish lobby than as a look at the real institutions that lobby in support of Israel or at Israel's complex role in the Middle East. (Sept.)
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Foxman demolishes a number of shibboleths . . . a rebuttal of a pernicious theory about a mythically powerful Jewish lobby. (Publishers Weekly
Today there appears to be a cottage industry of those writing about the Israeli Lobby. Most of the books to date have been neither serious nor analytical. On the contrary, they have been misleading and often fallacious, reflecting both a tendency to rewrite history and to misunderstand the policy process. Abe Foxman provides a highly readable antidote. Apart from explaining why there has been a tendency to find a simple-minded scapegoat for the troubles in American foreign policy after 9/11 and our travails in Iraq, Foxman offers a reasoned and systematic critique of what President Jimmy Carter and Professors Mearsheimer and Walt have written. More importantly, he presents useful criteria for how to shape an open, civil, and far-reaching debate on our policy toward the Middle East. Rarely has a book been more timely. (Ambassador Dennis Ross, former American envoy to the Arab-Israeli peace process and author of Statecraft and How to Restore America's Standing in the World)
Abe Foxman is not merely a tribune in defense of the Jewish people against its suddenly stronger adversaries. He is a scholarly analyst of these adversaries' falsifications. Not only that: his style is lively, decisive, and riveting. (Marty Peretz, Editor in Chief, The New Republic
Conspiracy theories are a measure of a society's mental health; when on the rise, trouble lies ahead. In The Deadliest Lies
, Abraham Foxman diagnoses the 'Israel Lobby' conspiracy theory and reveals how sick it is. In doing so, he does a service to all Americans. (Charles Hill, Distinguished Fellow in International Security Studies, Yale University)
Abe Foxman, one of the most passionate men in public life, has written a sober, methodical, and laudably dispassionate indictment of well-known politicians, pundits, and professors who dress up centuries-old canards about Jews in more acceptable twenty-first century garb. The impact his work will have on the credibility of the pseudo-scholarship he debunks is devastating. (Robert Satloff, executive director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and author of Among the Righteous)
Abe Foxman's new volume demonstrates it again: whenever the Jewish people or Jewish honor need to be defended, his voice is both courageously eloquent and powerful. (Elie Wiesel)
Few would refute the power and truth behind Foxman's argument. (The New York Times Book Review on Never Again?
Foxman confronts a subtle and disturbing trend with objectivity, meticulous research, and clarity. (Henry Kissinger on Never Again?
requires answers, demanding both diligence and documentation. Foxman has provided both. (The Washington Times on Never Again?
Foxman reminds us that vigilance is essential to protect our communities from nightmarish futures that are all too possible. (former Senator Bill Bradley on Never Again?