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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (853 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John J. Mearsheimer Narrator: Jason Culp Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Israel Lobby by John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, 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. This lobby has a far-reaching impact on America's posture throughout the Middle East in Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Lebanon, and toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and, the authors contend, it has encouraged policies profoundly damaging to both America's national interests and Israel's long-term security.

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy is certain to widen the debate at a time when there is no more urgent issue than America's role in the Middle East.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jason | 2/12/2014

    " I remember this being fairly good... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sean | 2/9/2014

    " They make a strong case that Israel is more of a strategic liability than an asset to the U.S. However, their argument that the Israel lobby, AIPAC in particular, wields significant influence over Congress is a bit weakened by a lack of thoroughness and a reliance on secondary sources. For example, they go to great lengths to quote Congressional staffers who say that the lobby is highly influential and at times ruthless; but they make an inconsistent effort to document and connect the lobby's political contributions to particular members and the public statements of support for Israel, as well as the voting records, of those particular members. To their credit, the authors repeatedly emphasize the point that the Israel lobby - contrary to what some may think - is not a cabal. Rather it is a well organized, well funded, and highly effective group of advocates operating well within the the law. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steven Salaita | 2/1/2014

    " A decent read. I'd suggest it simply because of its importance in the culture wars surrounding the Israel-Palestine conflict. I have serious questions about the authors' commitments, however, and find some tacit racism in their arguments here and elsewhere. Those interested in justice for Palestinians should handle with care. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Budd Dwyer | 1/26/2014

    " 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. "

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