The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

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Macmillan, Sep 4, 2007 - Political Science - 496 pages
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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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Contents

PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
PART ITHE UNITED STATESISRAEL AND THE LOBBY
1THE GREAT BENEFACTOR
STRATEGIC ASSET OR LIABILITY?
3A DWINDLING MORAL CASE
4WHAT IS THE ISRAEL LOBBY?
5GUIDING THE POLICY PROCESS
WHAT IS TO BE DONE?
NOTES
WHAT IS THE ISRAEL LOBBY?
GUIDING THE POLICY PROCESS
DOMINATING PUBLIC DISCOURSE
INTRODUCTION TO PART II
THE LOBBY VERSUS THE PALESTINIANS
IRAQ AND DREAMS OF TRANSFORMING THE MIDDLE EAST

6DOMINATINGPUBLIC DISCOURSE
PART IITHE LOBBY IN ACTION
INTRODUCTION TO PART II
7THE LOBBY VERSUSTHE PALESTINIANS
8IRAQ AND DREAMS OFTRANSFORMING THE MIDDLE EAST
9TAKING AIM AT SYRIA
10IRAN IN THE CROSSHAIRS
11THE LOBBY ANDTHE SECOND LEBANON WAR
TAKING AIM AT SYRIA
IRAN IN THE CROSSHAIRS
THE LOBBY AND THE SECOND LEBANON WAR
WHAT IS TO BE DONE?
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INDEX
Copyright

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John J. Mearsheimer is 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.

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