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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lobby,not a conspiracy
Walt and Mearsheimer have done the public-in the US and elsewhere-a service by writing about what has been,for far too long,a taboo subject.
Contrary to what some reviewers say,their account of the Israel lobby starts from the view that there is nothing wrong in individuals or groups who support Israel lobbying and trying to persuade politicians,the press or the...
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19 of 137 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No-one would take this book seriously if it was not written by a Harvard and a Chicago Professor
The book would not be taken seriously if not for Walt and Mearsheimer's reputations. Nowhere in the book is there a sense of complexity, balance, an examination of the variety of factors that cause an event, or of putting individual comments in perspective.

On every issue, they start with unproven, anti-Israel assumptions and then look for isolated examples to...
Published on 13 Nov 2007 by Jonathan Hoffman


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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an outstanding piece of research - explaining how US foriegn policy is some times held hostage to Israel, 11 Aug 2009
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There is much delusion in the middle east conflict, the Arab/Muslim side believes Israel dictates policy to the US, and cannot understand why the US listens. This book explains in detail how Jewish groups have held so much sway with US foreign policy, and rather than talk of silly conspiracy theories point out its just a lobby group like any other. It success is down to lack of a counter lobby. Though in it also lies the solution the formation of a Pro-Arab lobby as a method to counter it and get a fairer hearing of issues. An excellent read, and a piece of outstanding research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 26 April 2013
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Indescribable! Great, best, interesting, different, novel, innovative, striking, sharp, terrific, to the point, worth ut, had to have it! Wow!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wish everyone would read this book, though it is pretty dense to plough through., 26 Nov 2014
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Pretty intensely factual, so is difficult to read, but presents accurate and revealing facts and figures as well as well thought out rationales regarding the destructive relationship between the USA and Israel.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good academic, well researched book, 3 April 2010
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This book is well researched and closely resembles a good academic article. I would recommend the book to those who wish to get a view on the Israel/American relationship. I have not personally formed an opinion as to whether the book is accurate in its main thrust, but there is no doubt that the work has been carefully methodically produced.

Overall a well researched well written book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, 10 April 2012
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I think a very good analysis of the influence the israeli lobby holds not just on politics in the US, but also over public opion and the academic life. A good analysis about the consequenses for the US and how it's essentielly not an advantage with unconditional support to Israel.
I do thing the authors underplay the role of the military-industrial complex in relation to the war. But all in all a solid political analysis of the lobbies the consqenses they have on the US and it's foreign policy.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars politcal power and policing academia, 23 Oct 2009
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This book has been routinely labelled as anti-semitic by many in the pro-zionist/neo-con camp. They cite the fact that David Duke recommends it. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. It is a common tactic of the Pro-Israel side to cry 'enabler' or 'anti-semite' or 'self-hater' at people who are not afraid to examine the seedy underbelly of israeli policies in Palestine and its supporters involvement in US politics. Just because idiots may like what you uncover is no excuse to avoid the subject, to do otherwise would be intellectual dishonesty. Walt and Mearshimer have provided a brilliant analysis of the strength of the israel lobby in shaping American foreign policy. This lobby is not some secret or shadowy cabal with secret handshakes and passwords, it is simply a collection of powerful organisations like AIPAC and ADL who attempt to lobby the US govt just like the tobacco and gun lobby go about their business. It is not anti-semitic to examine their influence. This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in US politics and the Middle East.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply more confirmation of what is already known., 18 Feb 2009
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A generally damning inditement of the pro-Israel lobby in the USA and its influence on American foreign policy. Whilst it doesn't go into a huge amount of depth I believe the authors have done easily enough to prove their point - not only that the pro-Israel lobby (known to many as the Jewish lobby) really does exist but also that it wields a disproportionate amount of clout in the USA and elsewhere in the West.

The analysis is generally pro-"Establishment" and is therefore all the more damning because of that. The tone sometimes verges on the sycophantic as the authors seek to anticipate the usual hackneyed charges of anti-Semitism and head them off at the pass, and I disagree with many of the authors observations and assertions. As one example, they mention the Protocols of Zion and it's status as a well-known hoax a number of times as an example of virulent anti-Semitism. The problem is, the claims of a biased court half a century later in time and half a world away do NOT constitute proof of anything except wishful thinking; in the real world there is zero actual proof that the Protocols are a hoax. This is not to say they are genuine either; the point here is that the authors' eagerness to distance themselves from anti-Semitism leads them to use as proof a point with no foundation. This, to my mind, is a bit amateurish and points to either a lack of research or a willingness to distort the truth; either way it's a detrimental point.

Notwithstanding that, the authors provide more than enough irrefutable evidence of the influence of the Lobby and more than anything it illustrated to me that in general Jews are simply more politically active than the rest of us, and more aggressive in their demands and how they go about achieving them. The rights and wrongs of this are somewhat immaterial; if people don't want certain groups to have undue influence in a particular political system then it is not the groups themselves that people should aim at but rather it is the system itself which is need of reform.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Congressmen For Sale., 13 Oct 2010
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Steven Rosen, the former AIPAC official, illustrates AIPAC's power for the New Yorker's Jeffrey Goldberg by putting a napkin in front of him and saying, "In twenty-four hours, we could have the signatures of seventy senators on this napkin." As Mearsheimer and Walt make clear, this is no idle boast, and they go on to say, "As will become clear, when issues relating to Israel come to the fore, Congress almost always votes to endorse the lobby's positions, usually in overwhelming numbers".

They note AIPAC President Howard Friedman telling the organization's members in August 2006, "AIPAC meets with every candidate running for Congress. These candidates receive in depth briefings to help them completely understand the complexities of Israel's predicament and that of the Middle East as a whole. We ask each candidate to author a "position paper" on their views of the U.S.-Israel relationship - so it is clear where they stand on the subject."

One congressional candidate (Harry Lonsdale) who went through this vetting process recounts that, "I found myself invited to AIPAC in Washington, D.C. fairly early in the campaign, for "discussions". It was an experience I will never forget. It wasn't enough that I was pro-Israel. I was given a list of vital topics and quizzed (read grilled) for my specific opinion on each. Actually I was told what my opinion must be, and exactly what words I was to use to express those opinions in public..... Shortly after that encounter at AIPAC, I was sent a list of American supporters of Israel..... that I was free to call for campaign contributions. I called, they gave, from Florida to Alaska."

AIPAC also keeps track of congressional voting records and direct funds to opponents of congressmen who don't follow their line.

Apart from Congress, Mearsheimer and Walt show successful Jewish activists in key government positions (particularly from the 1970's onwards), such as Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Elliott Abrahams, David Wurmser and Lewis "Scooter" Libby in the Clinton and Bush administrations. This political combination managed to steer George Bush, sideline Condoleeza Rice, and bully Colin Powell into the Iraq war . The authors show the enormous frustration of the CIA as their intelligence was distorted to support the lie of Iraqi WMD and start an unprovoked war that was not in the interests of the United States.

A feeble Congress votes record aid budgets to Israel (currently four billion dollars a year), with loans being converted to grants, and quick acquiescences to Israeli demands that aid be paid up front (which means the U.S. has to borrow it to give to them), and to the Israeli refusal to account for how it was spent, both necessary conditions for other aid recipients.

The whole process is supported by Jewish Think Tank activists such as Daniel Pipes, Michael Rubin, and Joshua Muravchik at the American Enterprise Institute, and prominent journalists such as William Kristol, Michael Ladeen and Norman Podhoretz who are now agitating for America to declare war on Iran (and subsequently Syria and Saudi Arabia although they are not so open about this).

In their conclusion, Mearsheimer and Walt ask what can be done about the outlandish failure of the American government to act in the interests of America. They doubt that the Israel Lobby will relinquish its power in the press, campaign finance or government, so they suggest pressure for more open discourse, which seems to be happening. It was initially impossible to publish this book in America but it did eventually see the light of day after an article in the London Review of Books and an unprcedented 275.000 downloads of the working paper on Harvard's Kennedy School of Government website.

The authors see the (remote) possibility of congressmen treating Israel like any other country and they also show that the majority of American Jews aren't Likudniks and opposed the war in Iraq. They didn't like the AIPAC / Wolfowitz group but of course they lost out to the activists, so its not clear where all this goes, apart from generating some rumbling at the other end of the spectrum (for example, Robert Griffin's, "The Fame of a Dead Man's Deeds" ). At present, Israel is greatly favoured while congress directs America to carry the massive cost of her wars in addition to generous transfers of aid.
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44 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Er, anyone read the book?, 8 Sep 2007
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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Since the previous reviewer hasn't read the book, I'll add a review too. There is no UK paper called the Spectator - there is a magazine, though the vague quotation doesn't really mean much. Perhaps it would be nice if reviews of things were based on experiencing them? I'm guessing the previous reviewer awarded one star as he doesn't like criticism of Israel or the US (or both)?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Sep 2014
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