The Israel Lobby calls to attention an important issue that is worthy of discussion. Mearsheimer and Walt convincingly argue and show that Israel does receive preferential treatment in American foreign policy, and that AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) is able to manipulate American policy in favor of Israel time and again. I was at first drawn into the subject matter, as I wanted to read more about an issue that needs academic attention. Unfortunately, I did not find an issue analyzed objectively. The authors don't seek to discuss the issue of the Israel lobby, but rather present a long-winded argument that the United States should sever ties with Israel.
The authors selectively choose sources in order to construct a one-sided and anti-Zionist portrayal of Israel. The Jewish state is deemed the villain while the Palestinians emerge as the victims throughout the ENTIRE history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The authors downplay Palestinian terrorism as an ordinary form of warfare, while overstating Israeli occupation of the West Bank as a crime against humanity. The author's attack against Israel serves to show a need to dissolve the favored relationship between Israel and the United States so that Israel would be treated like any other state. This logic is unmistakably flawed. I might even go as far to say that the language resembles antisemitic rhetoric that is couched within statements against Israel.
Mearsheimer and Walt did not address the issue of the Israel lobby with an objective question. Their research centers on building an argument against Israel, not around research of the critical issue of the Israel lobby. I applaud them for their abundance of research, yet they show no range of opinion whatsoever. If you're looking to read a 496 page Op-ed piece about Israel as a colonial and Apartheid government with which the US should sever ties, this is the book for you. If you're looking for a piece of academic scholarship, you should direct your attention elsewhere.
The authors of this book are totally anti-Israel
in their assessment of the Israel Lobby.They take
the typical liberal-left knee-jerk anti-Israel position.The book is full of vast exaggerations
and gross distortions of reality.