Fresh evidence

U.S. and the Israel lobby
John Mearsheimer, an expert in international relations at the University of Chicago, and Stephen Walt, academic dean of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, have issued what United Press International calls “a searing attack on the role and power of Washington’s pro-Israel lobby.” Their study, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,” argues that Israel played a major role in pushing the U.S. into the war in Iraq, and it concludes that the Israel lobby’s influence on U.S. foreign policy is bad both for Israel and for the U.S.

In a lengthy article in the London Review of Books, Mearsheimer and Walt identify the Israel lobby as a loose coalition of politicians, Jewish groups, media representatives and evangelical Christians. They examine how the lobby has grown in strength in recent decades.


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