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5.0 out of 5 stars A realists view of American foreign policy, January 2, 2008
This review is from: The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (Hardcover)
The Israel Lobby, by Mearsheimer and Walt, is a highly detailed and well research book on the operations of the Israel Lobby in the United States. The writers main intention is producing this book is to point out that US national interests are being adversely affected by many of the policy choices encouraged by the Lobby.

The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 outlines many of the arguments used to justify the large amount of support given to Israel by the US, which the authors precede to critique one by one. These arguments include the moral support for Israel as a democracy, its importance as a strategic ally, defining what the Lobby is and methods is uses to operate. They conclude that it is the influence of the Lobby that gives rise to such massive support.

The second part of the book details the Lobby's impacts on US foreign policy, through the use of specific examples, such as Iran, Syria, the wars in Iraq and Lebanon. In each case the authors have gathered substantial amounts of evidence, much of it from the Lobby itself, to show how it sought to achieve its aims and influence US foreign policy. They conclude that US and sometimes Israeli interests have been repeatedly damaged through each of these misadventures.

The writers of this book are not anti-Semitic, nor are they `self-hating Jews', as pointed out by a number of other reviewers. Instead, their first concern is for the safety and security of the United States of America. Nor are either of them can be considered left of centre liberals and indeed Mearsheimer has shown himself to be what could rightly be termed a hawk though his other writings such as `The tragedy of great power politics', where he strongly defends the thesis of offensive realism. As they point out in their conclusions, it is the fact that many of the policies advocated by the Lobby are not in the best national interest of the US and sometimes of Israel itself and indeed may actually be making the US's position in the Middle East more dangerous.

This book should be read for what it is, being a strong attack on policies that are not in the best interest of the US, rather than as an attack on Israel or the Jewish people.
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Initial post: Jan 19, 2008 2:42:47 PM PST
Icitrom is undoubtedly Jewish, and in a state of denial. ANd he sites Dershowitz, another American Jew who is in denial. The Jewish lobby has hijacked American foreign policy. Period!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2008 1:40:55 PM PST
Dan says:
It looks like you're wrong on several counts. First, you replied to the wrong review. Icitrom's review was the previous one. As far as that review is concerned, you don't know that Icitrom is Jewish. Believe it or not, not all supporters of Israel are. And, lastly, the Jewish lobby has not "hijacked American foreign policy."

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 12:56:30 PM PST
Yoda says:

An attack on Israel is anti-semiticism at this best. You need to face reality!!! Face your racism!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2008 5:44:07 PM PDT
tom boy says:
yoda, I'm just grateful you're not on my side of the divide. LOL.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 5:25:45 PM PST
Anne says:
These two have no experience in government or foreign policy, but hey, they graduated from college, and we all know how realistic academics are about the world. A whole book just to get us to turn against one small ally, Israel. I'm sure the same thing happened before WW2, yet our support of tiny England is what made America into a great power.
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