Israel Lobby And Us Foreign Policy

Paperback | September 9, 2008

byJohn Mearsheimer, Stephen Walt

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John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt argue that U.S. foreign policy has been overly influenced by strong pro- Israel groups, producing a strategy that is detrimental to the resolution of difficulties in the Middle East and to the interests of the United States. The authors’ article in the London Review of Books on the negative effects of “the unmatched power of the Israel Lobby” provoked an unprecedented response from the international community. That article forms the basis of this book, which has been deepened to include recent events.

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John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt argue that U.S. foreign policy has been overly influenced by strong pro- Israel groups, producing a strategy that is detrimental to the resolution of difficulties in the Middle East and to the interests of the United States. The authors’ article in the London Review of Books on the negative effects of ...

John Mearsheimer is the Wendell Harrison Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago.Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8.23 × 5.35 × 1.05 inPublished:September 9, 2008Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143055720

ISBN - 13:9780143055723

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Outdated and Irrelevant In 2008 Mearsheimer & Walt came out with this now discredited bit of "neorealist" nonsense that conflated AIPAC, the Israeli government and Bush's neocons in order to attack America's home-grown pro-Israel policy. Whereas the neocons were for unseating Saddam Hussein, as Lawrence Wilkerson, Collin Power's aid and no friend of the Israelis reported, the Israelis were against the idea and AIPAC had no position or opinion. What the authors neglected to mention was that the neocons were also involved in the same kind of adventurism elsewhere in the world, in South and Central America, in Bosnia and in Afghanistan and Asia. As John Muravchek wrote several years ago in his article "The Neo-Conservative Cabal", Mearsheim and Walt would have one "believe that the decades-long neoconservative campaign against Communism and anti-Americanism was a fantastically farsighted Rube Goldberg machine programmed to produce some benefit for Israel somewhere down the line?" The book then ends by suggesting that the US should pursue a policy of cosying up to the Arab States and distancing itself from Israel. Fast forward to 2016. Yet most of these Arab leaders, Qadaffi, Mubarek (followed by Morsi), Ben Ali are gone, and Assad is not someone that one should sit close to. Yemen, Somalia and Sudan are a mess and Algeria is still ruled by an aging repressive junta. Currying favor with dictators went out of in the 1950s. The less said about Saudi Arabia & the GCC the better - a relationship based solely on oil and looking the other way while these nations finance terror. The only stable, free, democratic a nation and the only one who's genuine friendship the US can rely on, is Israel. You can argue whether its because the Israeli's have little choice or that there's a genuine commonality of perspective or both. Either way one concludes that subsequent events illustrate that the authors POV turned out to be very bad advice.
Date published: 2016-11-03