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on 3 April 2012
A really sound and constructive analysis of the relationship between the United States and Israel. However, the concluding argument is not necessarily one which you would expect.

The authors cover many topics such as the military, diplomatic, financial and legal aid handed to Israel by the United States over the years. This has ranged from the latest military technology to simple aid to loans which are not expected to be repaid.... ever !! This is a condition they would not accept from the United Kingdom.

However, the most intriguing aspect of the work is just how much the US has been prepared to accept from their "strategic" ally, or is it how little ?? There is documented evidence of how Israel regularly sells on US arms and technology to nations not quite suited to US foreign policy, including China. There is also quite a large amount of data on how much support Israel receives in Congress with the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) being particularly influential in the forming of US foreign policy.

The book has further dimensions which you will need to explore yourself and I would certainly recommend it to anyone with a historical interest in international relations.
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This book that has its origins in 2002, before getting published in 2008 in paperback, is a must read for those who want to understand how US Foreign Policy operates. Although the book was published in August 2007, it is still relevant today, especially with growing tensions with Iran and Syria, alongside the Arab Spring.

Who are the Israel Lobby? What is the aim of the Israel Lobby? Who funds the Israel Lobby? Why does the American taxpayer fork out billions in Aid to Israel, who are supposedly one of the richest nations in the world? Is the Israel Lobby one unified bloc, or a mixture of different groups and organisations?

The book answers questions along those lines - and many more - and the authors are not shy in putting forward the sources and evidence. Critics call it "anti-Semitic" but it is far from it. The word Anti-Semitic, like the word Racist, is used, abused and thrown around to silence critics and close off any debate. Sadly for them, the ad hominem attacks don't work. In fact the authors recognise Israel but believe in taking a different path as opposed to previous and current US administrations.

A very good starter book for those who want to find out WHO the Israel Lobby are. Heavily recommended.
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on 27 June 2013
I read this as extra background reading for my A-level Politics course, and found it to be hugely useful and interesting. I knew various bits on the topic but it is a really good background and filling-in-the-gaps type book for those interested in both the Middle East and American foreign policy.
The amount of unconditional US support for Israel is staggering and i had no idea of the extent until i read this, but what fascinated me most whilst reading are the reasons for this, and consequently just how much pressure is put on politicians to ensure a foreign policy stance which supports both Israel and the lobby. I believe the authors are pro-Israel, but they make a very good attempt to assess both sides of arguments but forward and therefore offere insightful analysis of the key issues.
The book is well-written and informative; my only criticism would be that in places it tends to become a bit listy (for example, various paragraphs just of names of people who support an argument etc) but generally i would definitely recommend this as a read for all budding politicians/historians, and you really don't need much prior knowledge of the Middle East to get something out of this book!
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on 26 November 2014
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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on 29 December 2017
The lobby is still proactive and influenced Trump and his embassy decision to move to Jerusalem.
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on 11 June 2017
Good.
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on 30 September 2013
This took some reading, for the intensity and thoroughness of the work.
One hopes it has got the acceptance so badly needed in the US.
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on 5 April 2016
Brave Attempt in tackling a very dangerous problem.
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on 12 November 2016
Excellent
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on 17 November 2016
Great
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