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The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

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The Israel Lobby by John J. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen M. Walt of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, was one of the most controversial articles in recent memory. Originally published in the London Review of Books in March 2006, 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 in a work of major importance, Mearsheimer and Walt deepen and expand their argument and confront recent developments in Lebanon and Iran. They describe the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the United States provides to Israel and argues that this support cannot be fully explained on either strategic or moral grounds. This exceptional relationship is due largely to the political 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 — in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — 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 jihadist terror.

Writing in The New York Review of Books, Michael Massing declared, "Not since Foreign Affairs magazine published Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations in 1993 has an academic essay detonated with such force." The publication of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy is certain to widen the debate and to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.

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"Expanding on their notorious 2006 article in the London Review of Books, the authors increase the megatonnage of their explosive claims about the malign influence of the pro-Israel lobby on the U.S. government. Mearsheimer and Walt, political scientists at the University of Chicago and Harvard, respectively, survey a wide coalition of pro-Israel groups and individuals, including American Jewish organizations and political donors, Christian fundamentalists, neo-con officials in the executive branch, media pundits who smear critics of Israel as anti-Semites and the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, which they characterize as having an 'almost unchallenged hold on Congress.' This lobby, they contend, has pressured the U.S. government into Middle East policies that are strategically and morally unjustifiable: lavish financial subsidies for Israel despite its occupation of Palestinian territories; needless American confrontations with Israel's foes Syria and Iran; uncritical support of Israel's 2006 bombing of Lebanon, which 'violated the laws of war'; and the Iraq war, which 'almost certainly would not have occurred had [the Israel lobby] been absent.' The authors disavow conspiracy mongering, noting that the lobby's activities constitute legitimate, if misguided, interest-group politics, 'as American as apple pie.' Considering the authors' academic credentials and the careful reasoning and meticulous documentation with which they support their claims, the book is bound to rekindle the controversy. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"In the fifth chapter of the New Testament's Book of Romans, there appears the single verse that established the concept of original sin. 'Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin,' the passage in the King James version reads, 'and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.' From Adam onward, in other words, sin is hereditary, ancestral, inescapable except... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Controversial." Terry Gross, Fresh Air, NPR

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"It could not be more timely." David Bromwich, The Huffington Post

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"The strategic questions they raise now, particularly about Israel's privileged relationship with the United States, are worth debating." David Remnick, The New Yorker

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"Ruthlessly realistic." William Grimes, The New York Times

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"The argument they present is towering and clear and about time." Philip Weiss, Mondoweiss.com

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"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

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"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

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"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

Synopsis:

What is the impact of the Israel lobby on U.S. foreign policy--and is it in America's national interest?

Synopsis:

The Israel Lobby," by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, was one of the most controversial articles in recent memory. Originally published in the London Review of Books in March 2006, 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 in a work of major importance, Mearsheimer and Walt deepen and expand their argument and confront recent developments in Lebanon and Iran. They describe the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the United States provides to Israel and argue that this support cannot be fully explained on either strategic or moral grounds. This exceptional relationship, they claim, is due largely to the political 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--in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict--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 jihadist terror.

About the Author

John J. Mearsheimeris the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago. He has published several books, including The Tragedy of Great Power Politics.

Stephen M. Walt is the Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and was academic dean of the Kennedy School from 2002 to 2006. He is the author of Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy, among other books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374177720
Author:
John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Author:
Culp, Jason
Author:
Walt, Stephen M.
Author:
Mearsheimer, John J.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Middle East - Israel
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Lobbying
Subject:
Zionists
Subject:
Middle East Foreign relations.
Subject:
United States Foreign relations.
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Subject:
International Relations
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070904
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 CDs, 20 hours
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 x 1.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Expanding on their notorious 2006 article in the London Review of Books, the authors increase the megatonnage of their explosive claims about the malign influence of the pro-Israel lobby on the U.S. government. Mearsheimer and Walt, political scientists at the University of Chicago and Harvard, respectively, survey a wide coalition of pro-Israel groups and individuals, including American Jewish organizations and political donors, Christian fundamentalists, neo-con officials in the executive branch, media pundits who smear critics of Israel as anti-Semites and the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, which they characterize as having an 'almost unchallenged hold on Congress.' This lobby, they contend, has pressured the U.S. government into Middle East policies that are strategically and morally unjustifiable: lavish financial subsidies for Israel despite its occupation of Palestinian territories; needless American confrontations with Israel's foes Syria and Iran; uncritical support of Israel's 2006 bombing of Lebanon, which 'violated the laws of war'; and the Iraq war, which 'almost certainly would not have occurred had [the Israel lobby] been absent.' The authors disavow conspiracy mongering, noting that the lobby's activities constitute legitimate, if misguided, interest-group politics, 'as American as apple pie.' Considering the authors' academic credentials and the careful reasoning and meticulous documentation with which they support their claims, the book is bound to rekindle the controversy. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Controversial."
"Review" by , "It could not be more timely."
"Review" by , "The strategic questions they raise now, particularly about Israel's privileged relationship with the United States, are worth debating."
"Review" by , "Ruthlessly realistic."
"Review" by , "The argument they present is towering and clear and about time."
"Review" by , "Mearsheimer, a political scientist at the University of Chicago, and Walt, on the faculty at Harvard, set off a political firestorm."
"Review" by , "Promises controversy on a scale not seen since Samuel Huntington's Clash of Civilizations sought to reframe a new world order."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by ,
What is the impact of the Israel lobby on U.S. foreign policy--and is it in America's national interest?
"Synopsis" by ,
The Israel Lobby," by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, was one of the most controversial articles in recent memory. Originally published in the London Review of Books in March 2006, 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 in a work of major importance, Mearsheimer and Walt deepen and expand their argument and confront recent developments in Lebanon and Iran. They describe the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the United States provides to Israel and argue that this support cannot be fully explained on either strategic or moral grounds. This exceptional relationship, they claim, is due largely to the political 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--in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict--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 jihadist terror.

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