The ISRAEL LOBBY and U.S. Foreign Policy

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    The Israel Lobby
    was one of the most controversial articles in recent memory. Originally published in the London Review of Books in March 2006 by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, it provoked both howls of outrage and cheers of gratitude for challenging what had been a taboo issue in America: the impact of the Israel lobby on U.S. foreign policy.

    Now Mearsheimer and Walt deepen and expand their argument and confront developments in Lebanon and Iran. They describe the remarkable level of financial and diplomatic support America provides to Israel and argues that this support cannot be fully explained on strategic or moral grounds. This weird relationship is due largely to the influence of a loose coalition of individuals and organizations that actively work to shape U.S. foreign policy in a pro-Israel direction.

    Mearsheimer and Walt provocatively contend that 'The Lobby' has a far-reaching impact on America's posture throughout the Middle East and the policies it has encouraged are in neither America's national interest nor Israel's long-term interest. The Lobby's influence also affects America's relationship with important allies and increases dangers that all states face from global terrorism.

    , 484 pages

    Excerpt from page 235:

    Peres and Sharon both made sure to emphasize that they “did not want to be seen as urging the United States to act, and that America should act according to its own judgment." Israeli leaders—and many of their supporters in the United States—were well aware that some American commentators, most notably Patrick Buchanan, had argued that the driving force behind the 1991 Gulf War was “the Israeli Defense Ministry and its amen corner in the United States." Denying any responsibility made good political sense, but there is no question—based on their own public comments—that by August 2002 Israel’s leaders saw Saddam as a threat to the Jewish state and were encouraging the Bush administration to launch a war to remove him from power.


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