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The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance That Undermines America's Interests in the Middle East Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 31, 2010
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The so-called Israel lobby has been widely denounced and demonized in the global media, but as Mitchell Bard reveals, its power pales in comparison to the decades-long corruption of American interests by Arab governments. Indeed, for more than seventy years, U.S. policy in the Middle East has been shaped not by the power of a nefarious “Israel lobby” but by a misguided emphasis on pleasing and placating the Arab states. This outlook has ensured that the United States pays disproportionate attention to their demands, assisting Arab countries—all of them dictatorial regimes with abysmal human rights records—that do not share our values and often work to subvert our interests.
In this authoritative history, Bard provides a timely and valuable corrective to the unbalanced view of Middle East affairs that is so widely promoted today. Bard shows that the Arab Lobby’s goals include feeding America’s oil addiction, obtaining more sophisticated weaponry, and weakening our alliance with a democratic Israel. It also seeks to influence public opinion through a well-funded publicity campaign and by injecting distorted views of the Middle East into high school and college textbooks. Bard’s valuable book brings a much-needed balance to a debate fraught with ignorance and propaganda.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Bard in writing this book has done a great public service. While others have written about the Kingdom of Saud and its corruption this book focusing on the 'Arab Lobby' shows more specifically how it works within America itself. Even the rapid building of mosques, and the frequently anti- American diatribes heard within them is largely supported by Saudi money.
In a time when the United States is going through so much critical self- examination this work points out a long- term defective relationship which has led the most powerful democratic nation to contradict its own most cherished values.
The author demonstrates how the discourse on the Arab-Israeli conflict is distorted due to the immense financial resources of the Arab lobby. And to highlight its manipulation of American foreign policy and public opinion, usually out of public view, and in ways that have gone unnoticed and need to be exposed.
Bard highlights how the Arab lobby exerts a malignant influence on American foreign policy to ignore basic American values and American security in order to bolster and advance repressive Arab regimes and bloodthirsty terrorist organizations.
Most frighteningly it has infiltrated the education system to obscure the threats by and atrocities of radical Islam and to poison the relationship between the United States and Israel. The Arab lobby in the USA has had a long history and this traced by Bard to the 1920s with the machinations of Arabist anti-Semites in the State Department and diplomatic corps. It is ironic today when Communists and the far left, are besides Muslims, the most rabid and proactive leaders of the anti-Israel lobby, that from the 1920s up to the early 50s, a great fear expressed by the anti-Zionists in America was the fear of Jewish sympathy and potential alignment with the Soviet Union.Read more ›
Bard makes the important point that, while the Israeli Lobby has been a grass-roots effort by American citizens, the Arab Lobby has mostly been a top-down lobby, mostly financed with endless Saudi petro-dollars, aimed at buying influence in government and academia. Bard is to be commended for opening up this important subject and writing in such a well-organized, readable, and comprehensive way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unmitigated hasbara (Zionist propaganda) ... written by a Zionist who used to work (and evidently does still work) for the most powerful lobby in the world ... Read morePublished 13 months ago by John Jones
Sound and careful overview of the many ways Arabists' view and Arab states influence US politics.Published 15 months ago by Ruth Bracha
Needless to say, the subject is very troubling. But I personally feel more aware of the politics and geopolitics that have driven U.S. policy and continue to do so. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Charles M. Ruchelman
An essential book. If you haven't read this, there is just too much you don't know, but should. How about this, as but one fascinating example:
"The Saudis have grown... Read more
After going through all the negative reviews on this book, ALL of which were something on the lines of "Waaaaah....Islamophobiaaaaa" and "Waaaaah....... Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by Cliff Pinto
A well written response to The Israel Lobby that explores Arab influences and arguments on the policies on the United States from the early 20th century to the present day. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by L. King
I haven't read the entire book yet, but so far, I'm highlighting quite a bit...good research material. I recommend all of Mitchell Bard's books.Published on March 23, 2013 by Tybee
This book is critical because it is not only well written but finally reveals to the world a topic that too often remains hidden. Read morePublished on December 15, 2011 by Zachary Scheinerman
The book is simply to offset the true lobby - the jewish lobby. Look at the facts and see how the Palestinians are being harassed by Israel with U.S. support. Read morePublished on October 8, 2011 by Dennis Ray