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The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 27, 2007
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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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Must-read book if you want to understand the dynamics of US relationship with Israel.Published 4 days ago by e-lectra
Excellent book that tells the truth. Having been there several times, I have experienced the violation of human rights on the part of the Israeli's. Read morePublished 25 days ago by gordon
This book bolsters historical proven inaccuracies about Holocaust and Protocols of Elders of Zion. Nothing more than apologetic view of State of Israels and its genocide of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by MATIJA
Aggressively researched- respectful to all parties involved. Shows how an influential lobby can influence American politicians to take measures which aren't good for America nor... Read morePublished 2 months ago by James McCabe
Sadly, the authors are so intimidated at even broaching the subject, that half the work feels like an apologia for having written it!Published 2 months ago by Henchard
very very bad for USA----we do not control our own government.Published 3 months ago by Jerome M. Elston