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They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby Paperback – 2 Feb 1990

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Lawrence Hill & Co.; 2nd Revised edition edition (2 Feb. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556520735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556520730
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,099,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first book to speak out against the pervasive influence of the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on American politics, policy, and institutions resonates today as never before. With careful documentation and specific case histories, former congressman Paul Findley demonstrates how the Israel lobby helps to shape important aspects of US foreign policy and influences congressional, senatorial, and even presidential elections. Described are the undue influence AIPAC exerts in the Senate and the House and the pressure AIPAC brings to bear on university professors and journalists who seem too sympathetic to Arab and Islamic states and too critical of Israel and its policies. Along with many long-time outspoken critics, new voices speaking out include former President Jimmy Carter, US Representative Cynthia McKinney, Senator Robert Byrd, prominent Arab-American Dr Ziad Asali, Rabbi Michael Lerner, and journalist Charles Reese. In addition, the lack of open debate among politicians with regard to the US policy in the Middle East is lamented, and AIPAC is blamed in part for this censorship.

Connections are drawn between America's unconditional support of Israel and the raging anti-American passions around the world -- and ultimately the tragic events of 9/11.< --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 1998
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I feel that this book is a must read for all Americans interested in U.S. - Middle East relations and the challenges to formulating a more balanced and just policies. Paul Findley, an Illinois Congressman for 22 years, examines the role of pro-Israel special interest groups in heavily influencing public officials and policy makers into making biased and counterproductive decisions impacting our relationship with the countries of an important region of the world.
Findley has carefully researched and examined the extent of pro-Israel lobbying in this nation. While he defends the rights of American citizens to support causes they feel a moral obligation to, he argues eloquently that the interests of another country should never be placed above the interests of the United States.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding the importance of having balanced foreign policies, particularly at a time when the United States is trying to serve as an honest broker to resolving conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere. It was educational and a real eye opener to me, a seeker of truth and objectivity.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jun. 1998
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One of the most compelling, engrossing books I have ever read. Paul Findley carefully and objectively presents the facts of pro-Israeli influence in America. Most disturbing of all is the degree of influence the Israeli lobby has over Congress. Because of the powerful influence over voters in congressional districts and large amounts of financial backing they provide to candidates, the Israeli lobby has had its way with American interests. The book patently explains why we donate over 3 billion dollars a year of aid to Israel--half of the total foreign aid. Findley's investigation of covert and overt Israeli influence in academia, church, and community affairs is often quite shocking and disturbing. It is no surprised it was a Washington Post bestseller for 9 weeks. A must-read indeed, for any informed individual.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Jun. 1998
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A highly edifying and enlightening book. It objectively analyzes the historical relationship the Israeli lobby has had with the American congress, as well as with religious and academic institutions. For the previous reviewer to say Findley is anti-Israeli is outright slanderous. First of all, during Findley's tenure 22 year tenure as a Congressman, he consistently voted in favor of aid to Israel. As for the other charges that the reviewer makes, those too are also false. An example of another Congressman that was defeated by the Israeli lobby is Paul McCloskey of California. And a careful review of basic American foriegn aid for the past thirty years reveals that Israel has consistently been the top destination of American foreign aid--both financial and military. Egypt, or any country for that matter, has never received more aid than Israel. As for the other accusations that the previous reviewer makes, it would come as no surprise to me if they were similarly baseless.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jan. 1999
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This book is the first of many to inform US citizens, in an unbiased fashion, of the true underpinnings of US policy in the Middle East. It is by no means anti-semitic propoganda, and anyone who wants to know why there are Isreali spies in our country, why Isreal is the only country in the middle east to not sign nuclear arm agreements, why Isreal sunk the USS Liberty in 1967, and why we are continually at odds with muslim nations (among other invaluable information) should read this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sept. 1998
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Paul Findley analyzes America's pro-Israeli lobbyists and how they compromise National Interest for policy favoring Israel. The author documents the Zionist forces and the tremendous influence these lobbies have over our Congress. Throughout the book, numerous examples are given of how policy has been shaped and how Congressman are reluctant to challenge PACs like AIPAC and NatPAC. The insight provided by this book should be a must read for any student of American History or Political Science.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Sept. 1998
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Findley does a remarkable job in trying to shed light on the immense political pull of the Israeli lobby. Politics is by no means fair nor just. Mr. Findley chose his profession but one can understand and appreciate the work that went into documenting the facts in this book.
I would conclude by saying that reading Findley's book introduced me to the Council for the National Interest where I was shocked to read that a so-called ally and "friend" of ours, Benjamin Netanyahu recently threatened, "I will set fire to Washington." How dare someone threaten our country. Its a shame we don't have more patriots instead of politicians. Otherwise, our Congressman would have sat up and taken notice.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Dec. 1998
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Finley does well to expose the inner workings of our political system. It was rather astonishing to find out how underhanded the political process can be. I was saddened to learn of the tremendous influence pro-Israeli political action committees and foreign interests exert on our government. I have visited cni.mynet.net and found even more enlightening information there. All in all, I would say that this makes the Asian contributions to the DMC (democratic national committee) seem like childs play.
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