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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 i 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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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 i 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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  1. 5 out of 5

    Trevor

    Sometimes I feel like I’m living in the Matrix. There is the reality that everyone seems to accept as being real and then there is the really real. What is going on in the Middle East at the moment messes with my mind in exactly that way. I wrote to a GoodReads friend a week or so ago – can’t quite remember how we got onto the topic, but I was telling her how distressing I was finding what was going on in Gaza. I started off by making sure I stressed I had grown up with Jewish friends and blah, Sometimes I feel like I’m living in the Matrix. There is the reality that everyone seems to accept as being real and then there is the really real. What is going on in the Middle East at the moment messes with my mind in exactly that way. I wrote to a GoodReads friend a week or so ago – can’t quite remember how we got onto the topic, but I was telling her how distressing I was finding what was going on in Gaza. I started off by making sure I stressed I had grown up with Jewish friends and blah, blah, blah. It was only after I had sent the email that I realised I was doing the ‘some of my best friends are Jewish’ routine. Look, up until yesterday there had been 1000 people killed in Gaza, 16 of them Israeli soldiers. Most of the soldiers have been killed by ‘friendly fire’. If mentioning such facts makes me anti-Semitic, then, I’m going to have to learn to live with that. What is happening in Gaza is a crime against humanity. What has been going on there for years shames us all. It must be stopped. We can no longer sit back and watch and say nothing – not if we want to live with our humanity intact. This book shouldn’t really contain any information that you don’t already know. It will, probably, but if you have read any Noam Chomsky or Naomi Kline or John Pilger you would have heard all this before and more. What is interesting about this book is the effort the authors go to so as to show they are not anti-Jewish. The Jews I grew up with were infinitely less touchy about Israel than they must be in the US. Although that is another of the interesting things that is pointed out in this book. It is not the Jews in the US who are so precious about Israel but all of the frightening Christian groups who want the Jews to go back to Israel so that Jesus will return on a cloud to either convert them Jews to Christianity or kill them. That these people have so much sway over the current President of the US is truly frightening. There are lots of things in this book that are truly frightening – but the most is probably being reminded that Israel has possibly upwards of 200 nuclear weapons. This is a state that is based on apartheid. This is a state that prides itself on massive over-reaction. This is a state that wants to be known as a mad dog. And yet the US allows it to have nuclear weapons! Hard to imagine. The book seeks to answer a fairly fundamental question – and, to be honest, I’m not sure it is very successful. The question is: why is it that Israel, a first world country, a country with a massive military (a military that dwarfs those of all potential enemies), a country that so frequently acts against US interests (as the authors of this book are at pains to stress continually). Why is it that they still receive more US aid than any other country on earth and can act with virtual impunity – even when acting against the stated will of the US? They come up with a reason in this book, and that is that the Israel lobby in the US is what allows this to happen. The US government would like a two state solution, the US government would like to be closer to Iran, the US government would like to sort out the problems in Syria and Lebanon and Iraq and God knows where else – but it is the Israel lobby, they make us support Israel right or wrong (even if it seems, according to this book, mostly wrong) and we can’t be held responsible... Well, do you know what? – Ethics 101. If you give them weapons, if you pump their economy full of US dollars, if you turn a blind eye when they drop the cluster bombs you sell them in civilian areas (according to Amnesty International) or use white prosperous weapons that ‘burn to the bone’ (according to the United Nations - I have been tormented by that phrase, burn to the bone, for three days now - disgusting) then the US IS RESPONSIBLE. When the US government barely raises a finger as Israel constructs its despicable wall in an attempt to steal more Palestinian land as a fait accompli, when the least word from the US would stop this atrocity, then the US must bare responsibility for the consequences. We are as responsible for the consequences of our inaction as we are for our actions. So, I really don’t know that blaming the Israel Lobby really gets the US off the hook on this one. I have been waiting and waiting for Obama to say something, anything at all. But perhaps it is best he remains silent. I would hate to hear him say something supporting Israel’s right to defend itself (which in this circumstance seems to mean their right to kill women and children). Better he says nothing than that he say that. The excuse for these atrocities, the excuse that Hamas does not recognise Israel’s right to exist, is almost laughable. It would be like me saying I don’t recognise Mike Tyson’s right to exist. I’m sure he would be very worried. Using this as an excuse to punish the Palestinians to the extent that we are witnessing is literally appalling, it literally makes the blood drain away from my face. And then to see Joe the Plumber at a rocket crash site in Israel saying that journalists should be ‘abolished’ from war zones because they don’t know enough about the situation there – and that he can say this without even the slightest hint of irony into the gaping cameras of the world media. Jesus H Christ. Can America be so lacking in shame? He is representing your media and being watched across the world. Aren't you in the least bit embarrassed? Have you written to your media and said NOT IN MY NAME? I have little hope that anything will change anytime soon – but in the words of Chomsky, if you want to end terrorism you have to stop engaging in it. When will enough be enough? Can anyone really believe this is making Israel safer?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Clif

    When I encounter something I don't understand, I educate myself. I didn't understand the automatic support for Israel by the United States. What the United States stands for - liberty and justice for all - could not be further from the agenda of Israel. In that country an exclusive group of people are out to evict, dispossess, imprison, and in general oppress the people who lived there, or are the sons and daughters of those who lived there, before the arrival of Europeans known as Zionists. For When I encounter something I don't understand, I educate myself. I didn't understand the automatic support for Israel by the United States. What the United States stands for - liberty and justice for all - could not be further from the agenda of Israel. In that country an exclusive group of people are out to evict, dispossess, imprison, and in general oppress the people who lived there, or are the sons and daughters of those who lived there, before the arrival of Europeans known as Zionists. For newcomers to promote the good of all and to desire to add to the happiness of those they find in residence is laudable. For newcomers to have a plan from the start to evict whoever they find is odious, reprehensible and the very last thing the United States should support. Yes, we did this with Native-Americans in our own history. Let's not support the shameful act a second time. I feel the above so strongly that I started a blog I call "Daylight between America and Israel" named for the phrase I hear so commonly used to claim identify of the two countries. The Israel Lobby is a primer for anyone (certainly all Americans!) like me interested in discovering how the United States became so enslaved to government policies of a tiny foreign country on the other side of the world. How can our Congress act so contrary to our national interest and speak proudly and with a smile of their abdication of their responsibility to the citizens of our country? As the outstanding scholars that they are, Mearsheimer and Walt walk the reader through the subject matter comprehensively. What are the interests of the United States and Israel? How do they differ? What is the Israel lobby? Why is it so powerful? Who are the leaders and what is their motivation for such single-minded activity for a country in which they do not live? Taking the claims of the lobby - the moral and political issues that are said to justify unqualified United States support of Israel - the authors carefully analyze their basis and show with simple logic how they do not stand up to reality. Is Israel really a bulwark for the U.S. or a liability that stands between us and so many countries around the world? Once the reader learns how the lobby operates, the authors review the history of the Israel lobby in action, from the start when Chaim Waizman used the Jewish vote, guilt and sympathy to win over Harry Truman to the real expansion of lobby power after the 1967 war. The powerful conclusion is that it is not just the interests and national security of the U.S. that is endangered by the actions of the lobby, it is also the interests of Israel that are undermined. No stone is left unturned. The case is so well made that I plan to dissect the book, extracting the basic points to discuss them on my blog. I wish all Americans would read this book for the sake of the protection of the United States. Too many Americans refuse to admit that most of the opposition and even hatred we face in the world are a direct result of our own hypocritical political actions with regard to Israel that have made the world a more dangerous place. When G.W. Bush said "bring it on!" he was oblivious to the fact that he and earlier presidents had been acting in a way to invite the horror of 9/11. Mearsheimer and Walt are two Americans who see clearly that what happens with regard to U.S. actions toward Israel have nothing to do with the welfare of Jews either in America, Israel or the rest of the world, but are instead the specific agenda of a relatively tiny group of ideologues, mostly but not exclusively Jewish, the neo-conservatives first among them, that have no hesitation about leveraging United States military power for their own cause. The disasters of Iraq and Afghanistan by way of the neo-con steering of the George W. Bush administration should alarm all Americans into taking back control of Congress from the Israel lobby. This book is a wake-up call. It cracked open the unspoken prohibition on criticizing Israel in the United States. Is it imperative to read this book? Yes. Get a copy today, then act on what you learn from it to counter the nonsense spoken by most of our Congresspeople regarding Israel.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ray

    We all remember the events of 9/11, but can you remember your thoughts from 9/12? Were you confused, questioning the reason(s) for these attacks? Aren't we the good-guys, fostering human rights, democratic values, and the removal of authoritarian rulers? Clearly, there must be, or must have been, something about our foreign policy in the Middle East to cause such hate and anger toward us. Do you find President Bush's attempted explanation that "... they hate us for our freedom and our democracy" We all remember the events of 9/11, but can you remember your thoughts from 9/12? Were you confused, questioning the reason(s) for these attacks? Aren't we the good-guys, fostering human rights, democratic values, and the removal of authoritarian rulers? Clearly, there must be, or must have been, something about our foreign policy in the Middle East to cause such hate and anger toward us. Do you find President Bush's attempted explanation that "... they hate us for our freedom and our democracy" as weak and totally inadequate? Well, this book isn't intended to answer the question as to why we were attacked on 9/11, but it does attempt to address some of the claims of unequal treatment toward peoples in the Middle East, and how or why some of the U.S. policies anger Muslim nations. It also might give some insight into why Arab leaders often claim that this Country is "controlled by the Jews" or by Jewish interests. We tend to trust our media and policy makers as fair and even handed, because they tell us they are. But if you're looking for a critical review of those statements, this book is a good place to start. I found this to be an eye-opening and enlightening book, and should be interesting to anyone groping for a deeper understanding of how some of our policies in the mid-east are developed and applied and how that affects us all.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anoush Dehkordi

    "The Israel Lobby" asserts what almost 40% (per the authors) of Americans recognize - that Israel is one of the main causes of anti-Americanism, that the U.S. provides Israel with extraordinary material and diplomatic support, and that many policies pursued on Israel's behalf jeopardize U.S. national security. 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 198 "The Israel Lobby" asserts what almost 40% (per the authors) of Americans recognize - that Israel is one of the main causes of anti-Americanism, that the U.S. provides Israel with extraordinary material and diplomatic support, and that many policies pursued on Israel's behalf jeopardize U.S. national security. 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. AIPAC is the most powerful and best known; however, prominent Christians have also been involved - eg. Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Gary Bauer and numerous politicians believe Israel's rebirth is the fulfilment of biblical prophecy and support its expansionist agenda. One leading Israel lobbyist even bragged that he could easily get 70 U.S. Senators' signatures upon a napkin. Senator Charles Percy's ouster in 1984 (for insensitivity to Israeli issues) has become the most visible example of the Israel lobby's influence. Although they make up only 3% of the population, it is estimated that their donations comprise 60% of Democrat donations, and their voters turn out in high percentages. Influence is not limited to just elections. The Israel lobby also influences key appointments (eg. George Ball was not appointed Sec. of State because Carter knew he would be opposed), monitors professors' comments, newspaper editorials, etc. Neoconservatives, on the other hand, are pushed by the Israel lobby because of their support for strong U.S. action in the mid-East - most recently for taking action against Iran. "The Israel Lobby" also provided recommendations. 1)Israel should be treated like a normal state. 2)The U.S. should strongly pursue an end to the Palestine-Israel conflict. 3)Campaign finance reform is essential to a more balanced debate on Israel - eg. public campaign financing. 4)Open debate should be encouraged. (The authors have been precluded from several speaking engagements due to Israel lobby pressure. Also note the adverse reaction to President Carter's book on the Israel-Palestine conflict.) Kudos to the authors for shining light on this major problem.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Budd Dwyer

    Great book! A lot of Americans still have residual respect for Israel, and this book ought to smash that out of their skulls once and for all.

  6. 4 out of 5

    corinne

    Mearsheimer and Walt are two respected scholars who took on this project and the invitation of Atlantic Monthly - both were very aware that they were about to kick a hornets nest. The reaction to their outstanding work is perhaps the ultimate vindication of their points. While this particular exposé discusses the role of the Lobby in US foreign policy, a discussion about the role of the Lobby in domestic policy would be just as enlightened to be sure. The relevance and importance of the authors' Mearsheimer and Walt are two respected scholars who took on this project and the invitation of Atlantic Monthly - both were very aware that they were about to kick a hornets nest. The reaction to their outstanding work is perhaps the ultimate vindication of their points. While this particular exposé discusses the role of the Lobby in US foreign policy, a discussion about the role of the Lobby in domestic policy would be just as enlightened to be sure. The relevance and importance of the authors' approach to this issue cannot be overstated as it relates to the foreign policy crisis of our time - US relations in the Middle East. By illustrating the damaging influence the Israel Lobby has had in this regard, Mearsheimer and Walt present a great service to the leadership of the US, as well as to the public at large. When after the catastrophe of 9/11 the public wondered 'why do they hate us?' they were told that it was because 'they' 'hated our freedom' rather than the truth - that the US/Israel 'special relationship' has damaged nearly all other relationships in the Middle East. Part I of The Israel Lobby covers the nature of that 'special relationship' - the US role in propping up the dangerous state as its 'Great Benefactor', the role of the Lobby in guiding US foreign policy process, the domination of the Lobby and its lackeys (my word) in policy discourse. The authors question is Israel a 'strategic asset or liability?' It is clear from their research that because of the 'dwindling moral case' the answer is the later. If the US is to stand on its promise of freedom, justice, and international law, in the eyes of the world, and in the Middle East in particular, this 'special relationship' is a horrid strategic liability (to say the least). Part II covers 'The Lobby In Action' - and it is infuriating. The chapter, Taking Aim At Syria is profoundly prescient in light of today's catastrophe which has resulted from the issues noted by the authors. The Israel Lobby is an international best seller - it was first published in 2007. The authors' hoped that their research would produce a meaningful dialog that could bring about some changes to the glaring problems discussed. Today, at the end of 2016, the Lobby is as strong and damaging in its influence as it ever was. President Barack Obama's decision to instruct the US ambassador to the UN to abstain in the UN Security Council's vote on the Israeli settlement resolution was profound - unfortunately it came it the end of his terms in office. This is a must read for every person who seeks the real world answer to the question: 'Why do they hate us?'

  7. 5 out of 5

    Josepha

    I had really high expectations for this book but unfortunately the authors have managed to write a book full of naivite, incorrect claims and too much good faith in the US government. The book does give plenty of insight into the world of the Israel lobby (AIPAC, WINEP etc) on Capitol hill and elsewhere yet manages to make bizarre conclusions. Maersheimer and Walt claim that the primary reason for the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 was the pressure upon politicians by the Israel lobby. I regard it I had really high expectations for this book but unfortunately the authors have managed to write a book full of naivite, incorrect claims and too much good faith in the US government. The book does give plenty of insight into the world of the Israel lobby (AIPAC, WINEP etc) on Capitol hill and elsewhere yet manages to make bizarre conclusions. Maersheimer and Walt claim that the primary reason for the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 was the pressure upon politicians by the Israel lobby. I regard it to be highly unlikely that powerhouses such as Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were only guided by AIPAC and others in creating trillions worth of debt and sacrificing many American soldiers. The authors make another ludicrous claim in saying that the United States' and Israel's interests include the combatting of terrorism. Israel and the US have benefited from terrorism, be it economically, politically or in the realm of geopolitics. It is an unwritten law that nations and empires gain from the existence of an enemy within and an enemy without. The same goes for these two nations. To pretend that the American government's wishes contain the spread of democracy and stability is another preposterous claim. What then about the CIA-creation of plenty of dictatorships such as those in Brazil, Chile, Argentine, El Salvador, Guatamala, Haiti, Iran (post-1979) and support of dictatorships in the past such as those under Moammar Ghaddafi, Saddam Hussein and Hosni Mubarak?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dirk

    I had long wondered why the U.S. and Canada immediately come to the defense of Israel whenever its critics voice a concern, however justified. This book answered my questions and should be read by all North Americans (especially U.S. citizens) as it provides insight into the unique relationship Israel enjoys with the West and the enormous costs associated with it. The authors apologize frequently (too much so) in an attempt to prevent the inevitable accusations that they are anti-Israel but the I had long wondered why the U.S. and Canada immediately come to the defense of Israel whenever its critics voice a concern, however justified. This book answered my questions and should be read by all North Americans (especially U.S. citizens) as it provides insight into the unique relationship Israel enjoys with the West and the enormous costs associated with it. The authors apologize frequently (too much so) in an attempt to prevent the inevitable accusations that they are anti-Israel but the information they provide will still anger many who don't want us to know what is really happening. If more of us were aware of the true nature of this relationship we would not allow it to continue, not because we are anti-Israel but because it is insane.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hamza

    This is overall a very good book, but the authors spend way too much time reiterating the fact that they believe Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish state. This right after criticizing just about everything about the country since its founding, yet they still can't drop this point. There's also too much use of the term "terrorism" where it doesn't quite belong. Despite these shortcomings, however, the book is invaluable for anyone seeking to understand this country's pathetic "special relati This is overall a very good book, but the authors spend way too much time reiterating the fact that they believe Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish state. This right after criticizing just about everything about the country since its founding, yet they still can't drop this point. There's also too much use of the term "terrorism" where it doesn't quite belong. Despite these shortcomings, however, the book is invaluable for anyone seeking to understand this country's pathetic "special relationship" with Israel.

  10. 4 out of 5

    David M

    On the left, the woke anti-imperialist position seems to be that the Israel lobby isn't all that significant. Israel is a proxy of the US, not the other way around. I understand the good intentions of saying this, but is it actually true? Walt and Mearsheimer do present some compelling evidence here to the contrary. The chapter on Iraq is especially interesting. Because, honestly, what the hell was that about? I don't think oil quite suffices as an explanation. What if Israel wants to be surround On the left, the woke anti-imperialist position seems to be that the Israel lobby isn't all that significant. Israel is a proxy of the US, not the other way around. I understand the good intentions of saying this, but is it actually true? Walt and Mearsheimer do present some compelling evidence here to the contrary. The chapter on Iraq is especially interesting. Because, honestly, what the hell was that about? I don't think oil quite suffices as an explanation. What if Israel wants to be surrounded by failed states, to be the only power left standing in the region? The chapter on the second Lebanon war is also excellent. What Israel did would make any fair observer into a Hezbollah supporter. How could virtually every politician in America support something so monstrous? No doubt the lobby's money had a lot to do with it. At the same time, we shouldn't forget the US political establishment has given near-unanimous support to other equally destructive and pointless crimes. Hard to blame, say, the bombing of Laos or the US-backed invasion of East Timor on Israel. The authors do at times picture America as this naïve, easily misled hegemon. My mind still is not made up. It's a tricky empirical question.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Harold Citron

    A modern day version of the anti-Semitic screed "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion". Walt and Mearsheimer set out not to just bash Israel, but American Jews. While they lambast Israel a threat to America and supposedly "normal" Americans, it is their self-proclaimed cabal of American Jews who they hunt and label as a fifth column who would eagerly bring down the Republic. That the two have followed up this disgusting work by attending Palestinian advocacy meetings while holding up their secret A modern day version of the anti-Semitic screed "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion". Walt and Mearsheimer set out not to just bash Israel, but American Jews. While they lambast Israel a threat to America and supposedly "normal" Americans, it is their self-proclaimed cabal of American Jews who they hunt and label as a fifth column who would eagerly bring down the Republic. That the two have followed up this disgusting work by attending Palestinian advocacy meetings while holding up their secret lists of good Jews and bad (reminiscent of the Nazis who would decide which Jews were worthy of life and which were to be immediately put to death, or closer to home, Senator Joseph McCarthy's Communist witch hunts) and praising and supporting blatant anti-Semites such as Gilad Atzmon) the two shred any credibility offered by their professional credentials. In short, this is a work of two very blatant hate-mongers who join a long and infamous list of people seeking to demonize, dehumanize, and delegitimize Jews.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    Fantastic book, I could not recommend it any higher to a person who wants to learn about the relationship between the U.S. and Israel. The fact that it even exists and that it is known as 'The Israel Lobby' will upset many people, but Mearsheimer goes well out of his way to explain that there is, in fact, no such thing as an Israel Lobby. Instead, the book chronicles all of the reasons why the U.S. supports Israel so strongly and why it is a poisioned topic in the public forum. This book is enti Fantastic book, I could not recommend it any higher to a person who wants to learn about the relationship between the U.S. and Israel. The fact that it even exists and that it is known as 'The Israel Lobby' will upset many people, but Mearsheimer goes well out of his way to explain that there is, in fact, no such thing as an Israel Lobby. Instead, the book chronicles all of the reasons why the U.S. supports Israel so strongly and why it is a poisioned topic in the public forum. This book is entirely informational, and while it does offer some opinions, none of them are partisan or condeming. Seriously, read it and learn more about the dynamic of Isral and the US.

  13. 5 out of 5

    FAIZAN KHAN

    Growing Up In The Middle East I Was Always Kinda Confused About The American-Israeli Unconditional Affiliation And The Conflicts Between America And The Islamic World (Turning A Blind Eye On Some While Heavily Criticizing Some. Tho Reality Cannot Be Ignored Forever). On Top Of That, The Mainstream Media Never Seemed To Explore This Subject, Naturally Leading To Increased Underground Conspiracy Theories Around The Subject. Finally, I Got The Opportunity To Pick This Book (One Book Leads To Another Growing Up In The Middle East I Was Always Kinda Confused About The American-Israeli Unconditional Affiliation And The Conflicts Between America And The Islamic World (Turning A Blind Eye On Some While Heavily Criticizing Some. Tho Reality Cannot Be Ignored Forever). On Top Of That, The Mainstream Media Never Seemed To Explore This Subject, Naturally Leading To Increased Underground Conspiracy Theories Around The Subject. Finally, I Got The Opportunity To Pick This Book (One Book Leads To Another). Long Story Short This Book Melted The Whole Ball-Of-Wax For Me. The Book Will Give You A Total Different Perspective And Help You Dissect Between The Facts And The Theories. It Has More Than 150 Pages Of References From Credible And Official Data, Which Makes It A Lot More Authentic And Worth Your Time. I Would Recommend You Pick Up The Book Just Because Of The Compilation Of Data And Polls It Provides, Fascinating. Facts In This Book Will Shock You(I Wonder How Much Energy Goes Into Writing On These Subjects). After Reading, I Have A Better Understanding Of How Current Lobby Groups Such As AIPAC, Zionist Organisation, Christians United for Israel, Etc. Operate. If You Ever Had The Question, Are The Jews Exerting A Disproportionate Influence On The Us Foreign Policy? You Must Pick This Book. It Surprises Me What You Can Find In Books. It's All Out There You Just Need To Dedicate Some Time To Become Educated Beings.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aleks

    A very informative, well researched, and courageous book. The authors recognize how the smear of anti-semitism is used to shut down criticism of Israel or their lobby yet they put out this book anyways. As expected, they were labelled anti-semites. This book has changed the way that I think of Israel. It has wiped away all my preconceptions of Israel including that it is a valuable ally. It is clear now that a policy based on unconditional support of Israel is against America's best interest. The A very informative, well researched, and courageous book. The authors recognize how the smear of anti-semitism is used to shut down criticism of Israel or their lobby yet they put out this book anyways. As expected, they were labelled anti-semites. This book has changed the way that I think of Israel. It has wiped away all my preconceptions of Israel including that it is a valuable ally. It is clear now that a policy based on unconditional support of Israel is against America's best interest. The authors laid out their case meticulously and shut down possible counter arguments. The book is comprehensive. I don't believe any other books on American-Israeli relationship needs to be read after this one. The Iran nuclear agreement seems like a work of wonder considering all the obstacles the administration had to face. It is no wonder that they conducted the deal through back channels. It is also no wonder they didn't put the treaty before congress; no doubt that the lobby would have shut it down hard. It is very discouraging to see Trump falling in line with the lobby. I have supported his foreign policy overall; he has withdrawn troops from the Middle East, he hasn't jumped into Syria, and holding NATO accountable is smart. If only he would hold Israel responsible too instead of acknowledging Jerusalem as the capitol and giving them Golan. No doubt his actions which have moved the USA closer to war with Iran have been supported by the lobby. The style of this book is methodical and scientific. It is not a narrative, it is a political science book. It is not a challenging read though it does require a basic understanding of Israel's history. I would recommend this book to anyone frustrated with America's Middle East policy so that they can see the reasons behind it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ina Cawl

    Hitler would really liked this book i cant believe this antisemitic book has been so famous even in backward areas like my country you hear Clerics reciting this book while preaching hate lectures about Jews sorry but this book is really amplify what anti semite believes about Jews and i wouldnot surprise if it were found in Osama bin laden own library please dont buy this CRAP

  16. 5 out of 5

    Oleleho

    For those who want to know why US is always backing Israel for whatever it does.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Great read, brings into light Israel's influence in US Foreign affairs.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ciro

    Who controls US foreign policy?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    The authors argue in this book that due to the influence of the Israel lobby on US politicians and the public, the United States supports Israel to a degree that is not commensurate with Israel's importance and which often works against the policies and priorities of the United States. They do NOT argue that Israel should not receive any support from the United States, nor do they argue against Israel's right to exist. They simply challenge the legitimacy of the arguments for supporting Israel u The authors argue in this book that due to the influence of the Israel lobby on US politicians and the public, the United States supports Israel to a degree that is not commensurate with Israel's importance and which often works against the policies and priorities of the United States. They do NOT argue that Israel should not receive any support from the United States, nor do they argue against Israel's right to exist. They simply challenge the legitimacy of the arguments for supporting Israel unconditionally as has been the effective policy of the US government for many years. I picked up this book because I wanted to read solid arguments about this issue and I was not disappointed. I believe that the authors convincingly argued their case and I am confirmed in my opposition to unconditional support for the nation of Israel. I would like to read a book that examines the flawed theological basis on which many Christians unconditionally support Israel. This book is not it, although it does present some material about this.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pam Rasmussen

    Since I have read many books on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and recently traveled to the region with Global Exchange, most of the information in this book was not new to me. However, I must admit that I was a bit skeptical of the authors' position that Israeli pressure was a key, decisive force behind the U.S. decision to invade Iraq (and the current pressure to attack Iran). I still am, but they are very persuasive. In addition, this book serves a critical role by bringing together in one Since I have read many books on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and recently traveled to the region with Global Exchange, most of the information in this book was not new to me. However, I must admit that I was a bit skeptical of the authors' position that Israeli pressure was a key, decisive force behind the U.S. decision to invade Iraq (and the current pressure to attack Iran). I still am, but they are very persuasive. In addition, this book serves a critical role by bringing together in one manuscript all of the arguments against Israel's racist policies and the United States support of them.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Lieberman

    An outstanding book. well balanced. For me, and most the most important aspect of the book's structure is the frequent use of cross references to hard evidence supporting the author's observations and conclusions. What is now most disturbing is the discussion on pages 250-260 regarding the dreams of regional transformation and what we now know as the Arab spring. A CHILLING PREDICTION FROM THE AUTHORS WHEN YOU NOW CONSIDER THEIR OBSERVATIONS RE IRAN AND THE DIPLOMATIC SPEAK NOW (NOVEMBER 2011) ur An outstanding book. well balanced. For me, and most the most important aspect of the book's structure is the frequent use of cross references to hard evidence supporting the author's observations and conclusions. What is now most disturbing is the discussion on pages 250-260 regarding the dreams of regional transformation and what we now know as the Arab spring. A CHILLING PREDICTION FROM THE AUTHORS WHEN YOU NOW CONSIDER THEIR OBSERVATIONS RE IRAN AND THE DIPLOMATIC SPEAK NOW (NOVEMBER 2011) urging An attack on Iran. This book is an important read to anyone who is concerned about the growing global tensions . It should be mandatory reading to make people think beyond their garden gate

  22. 4 out of 5

    한 카트

    While the general idea is nothing groundbreaking, it's the details of the mutual cooperation that are pretty spectacular. The authors go to great lenghts to prove that The US gain nothing from being associated with Israel, and that it's more of a liability than a strategic asset that increases the American superpower. Still,this begs the question as to why? Why do The US keep being the biggest tool this planet has ever seen? And why does their public opinion keep being manipulated like this?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    This book offers an interesting insight into the affect on the United States' international and domestic security standing of its fervent backing of the State of Israel. I recommend this text for anyone interesting in knowing more about U.S. foreign policy or the role of the U.S. in the Middle East.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sam Norton

    Probably a good bit longer than necessary. Took me almost two months to finish. The make a good point though, something has to change about our unconditional support of Israel. I wish more Americans were aware what Israel was doing to the Palestinians, but unfortunately our media shows us nothing but the Israeli side of the story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Even though this book was written over a decade ago in the second term of George W. Bush it is still relevant today. The Israel Lobby is still undermining U.S. interests and trying to drag us into wars with Syria, Iran, and possibly even Russia. They didn't learn anything from the Iraq debacle.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Walter

    Insightful on the influence pro-Israel lobbyists wield with Congress through campaign contributions and blocks of votes.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Manar

    Informative and brave. I wish Qatar would start an Arab lobby instead of flirting with Indyk in their Doha-based Brookings institute.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Stieb

    It is really, really hard to find a critique of the role of the Israel Lobby (and Israel) in US foreign policy that isn't hysterical or extreme. This book is it. I took a few classes with Mearsheimer in grad school, and let me tell you: the guy is a systematic thinker. And this book systematically and mostly convincingly demonstrates that the US should distance itself from Israel and that the main reason it has such a close relationship is the ongoing power of this lobby. Mearsh. makes a strong c It is really, really hard to find a critique of the role of the Israel Lobby (and Israel) in US foreign policy that isn't hysterical or extreme. This book is it. I took a few classes with Mearsheimer in grad school, and let me tell you: the guy is a systematic thinker. And this book systematically and mostly convincingly demonstrates that the US should distance itself from Israel and that the main reason it has such a close relationship is the ongoing power of this lobby. Mearsh. makes a strong case that there is neither a moral or strategic imperative for the US to back Israel as firmly as it does. This point is key to his argument: it's the degree of US support that Mearsh objects to, not a general but appropriate alliance. On the moral side, he shows that while Israel's enemies are despicable as well, Israel's massive retaliation policies have killed way too many innocent civilians and only inflamed anti-Israel sentiment in the region. The creeping expansion of the settlements, and the economic suffocation of the occupied territories, is simply indefensible (and has only become more indefensible in the age of Netanyahu). Strategically, Mearsheimer says the US got a lot from Israel in the Cold War, but since then Israel has become more of a liability. It doesn't help us project power into the region, and its deep unpopularity (not fully deserved, but nonetheless it is a reality) feeds anti-American extremism and makes doing anything in the region harder. At best you could say it helps balance Iranian power, but leaders like Netanyahu have done their darnedest to undermine the Iran deal and are really just a huge obstacle to peace and stability. Mearsh documents dozens of cases in which the Israel Lobby (an agglomeration of think tanks and PACs, as well as Israeli leaders themselves) has pushed the US to act against its interests and back Israel in doing harmful things. Sometimes he pushes his conclusions a little far here; I don't buy that without the Israel lobby there would be no Iraq War; this argument kinda blends neocons and Israeli lobbyists a little too closely. However, in the MEPP, conflicts with Hezbollah, the settlement issue, Iran and Syria policy, there's strong evidence that the US has take counterproductive hard lines on each of these in large part because the lobby will denounce and de-fund politicians who criticize Israel. If you think this book is anti-Semitic, you are just dead wrong and totally dishonest. If you think it doesn't go far enough, I'm also suspicious of you. Mearsheimer still supports the existence of Israel as a Jewish state (ie no right of return but some type of compensation), unambiguously denounces anti-Israeli terror and conspiracy thinking, and says the US should come to Israel's aid if its existence is threatened. This is a sensible case for treating Israel as a normal country, although I would be okay with just treating Israel as an ally we don't coddle to such a degree. It is simply not as valuable an ally or trade partner as Britain, France, Mexico, Germany, Turkey, and tons of other countries. This is the nice thing about realists like MEarsheimer, they are clear and unsentimental thinkers who eschew quixotic ideological quests and try to limit the commitment of our resources and prestige abroad. You could argue there's something moral about that.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Omar Amer

    The USA is the oldest democracy in the World. It is often touted as the Bastian of freedom and the land where dreams come true. Democracy can be a great system for many states and people across the world. However, there is a really monumental catch, it can be bought. Mearsheimer, a Prof. whom I greatly admire and have studied some of his works as part of my own degree in politics, sheds light on just how powerful the Israeli lobby is in the USA with AIPAC being at the forefront. Along with Prof. The USA is the oldest democracy in the World. It is often touted as the Bastian of freedom and the land where dreams come true. Democracy can be a great system for many states and people across the world. However, there is a really monumental catch, it can be bought. Mearsheimer, a Prof. whom I greatly admire and have studied some of his works as part of my own degree in politics, sheds light on just how powerful the Israeli lobby is in the USA with AIPAC being at the forefront. Along with Prof. Walt, he sheds light on just how many congressmen and other senior diplomats in the USA the Israeli lobby have access to. It is not a conspiracy or some form of large anti-semetic agenda, it is quite simple really, with lots of financial backing the Israeli lobby have been able to cause many politicians to rise and (when not toeing the line) fall. The book sheds light on just how this is achieved and how damaging it is to Israeli interests and more importantly, for the United States. A chapter I found particularly interesting was the Israeli lobby's backing for the Iraq war, it was the brainchild of the lobby stemming from Israel's own belief that Iraq was a huge threat to Isreal although never a threat to he USA, it was sold as a threat to the USA using false intelligence. It is not only the Israeli lobbies but also the Christian Evangelicals who long to see a return of the Jews to the Holyland as this will be a sign for the end of times according to their scrips. Because of this, the Christian Zionists play a huge role alongside the Israeli lobbies as well as neocons warmongers in the USA such as John Bolton who was a big advocate of the war in Iraq as well as many other wars, seen purely through American interests, they believe Israel is their staunchest ally and they would like to bomb democracy across the whole world. What I find disheartening, is the disaster in Iraq has not wavered any of the neocons in their belief that they should invade and bomb democracy at will across the world, nor do they feel any remorse for the millions of deaths caused as a result of this single war in 2003.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Ant

    The authors have many convincing sub-arguments (the special relationship between America and Israel, the negative impact of this relationship on international relations, the deconstruction of arguments supporting the special relationship, and the need to re-examine this relationship, etc.) but the book breaks down when they marry them together to support the overall thesis that the main cause of these policies is due to a pro-Israel lobby. Maybe it's due to how they group and define this 'lobby' The authors have many convincing sub-arguments (the special relationship between America and Israel, the negative impact of this relationship on international relations, the deconstruction of arguments supporting the special relationship, and the need to re-examine this relationship, etc.) but the book breaks down when they marry them together to support the overall thesis that the main cause of these policies is due to a pro-Israel lobby. Maybe it's due to how they group and define this 'lobby' (AIPAC et al, neocons, Christian Evangelicals) who are linked only by their support of Israel but may differ in other important aspects (ex. influence, size, etc.), or maybe it's part II which is supposed to show the impact of the lobby but doesn't present much strong evidence to that end. That being said, the book overall is stronger as an critique of American policy in regards to Israel rather than as an argument to the existence of a powerful lobby which is the main reason behind that policy.

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