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The Israel lobby and U.S. foreign policy

John J. Mearsheimer (Author), Stephen M. Walt (Author)
"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. -- From publisher description
Print Book, English, 2007
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2007
xii, 484 pages ; 24 cm
9780374177720, 9780374531508, 0374177724, 0374531501
The great benefactor
Israel: strategic asset or liability?
A dwindling moral case
What is the "Israel lobby"?
Guiding the policy process
Dominating public discourse
The lobby versus the Palestinians
Iraq and dreams of transforming the Middle East
Taking aim at Syria
Iran in the crosshairs
The lobby and the Second Lebanon War
Conclusion : what is to be done?
"Portions of this book were originally published, in different form, in the London Review of Books in March, 2006."