Mearsheimer, John J. and Stephen M. Walt. The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.

Author:Abraham, A.J.
Position:Book review
 
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Mearsheimer, John J. and Stephen M. Walt. The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007. 484 pp.

This very controversial book, written by two heroic and renowned authors, began as an article for the Atlantic Monthly journal in 2002. The journal editors decided not to run the piece and thus this very important work as a book came into existence, despite a great deal of opposition from the American Zionist organization.

John J. Mearsheimer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, and Stephen M. Walt, Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University, have undertaken a monumental task--that of analyzing the critical issue of the impact of the American Israeli Lobby on U.S. foreign policy.

The authors conclude that U.S. support for Israel, and America's fear of criticizing Israel's behavior, is the result of the work of the Israeli Lobby with both the American Presidency and the U.S. Congress. They also conclude that our support for Israel is not derived from moral or strategic concerns, but rather from guilt feelings regarding the Holocaust--we entered the Second World War too late to stop the Holocaust, so now we owe Israel our total uncritical obedience and allegiance, an atonement of sorts. If this situation continues unchanged, it can destroy America's influence in the region and...

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