Friday, March 17, 2006

The Israel Lobby

There is a lot of buzz about this report from John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt on the Israel lobby in the US.

This report is about as good as the coverage gets on this issue. You should really take some time read the whole thing very carefully.

I have added a permanent link to this article on the side pannel.

John Mearsheimer is the Wendell Harrison Professor of Political Science at Chicago, and the author of The Tragedy of Great Power Politics.

Stephen Walt is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. His most recent book is Taming American Power: The Global Response to US Primacy.

For the past several decades, and especially since the Six-Day War in 1967, the centrepiece of US Middle Eastern policy has been its relationship with Israel. The combination of unwavering support for Israel and the related effort to spread ‘democracy’ throughout the region has inflamed Arab and Islamic opinion and jeopardised not only US security but that of much of the rest of the world. This situation has no equal in American political history. Why has the US been willing to set aside its own security and that of many of its allies in order to advance the interests of another state? One might assume that the bond between the two countries was based on shared strategic interests or compelling moral imperatives, but neither explanation can account for the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the US provides.

London Review of Books

Some additional comments and discussion here:

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

For another insight into the way AIPAC and its associated organizations foster political corruption, or at least hinder the effort to clean up the corruption as seen in the Abramoff case, see this article from the 17 March "Forward" on how they're blocking efforts to bar privately-funded travel by congressmen:

3/17/2006 07:37:00 PM  

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