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.
I've got no particular beef with Mearsheimer and Walt's over all critique of AIPAC, except where AIPAC works to bolster moral support for Israel in the United States. I am one who would like to see Israel wean herself off American aid and dependency. I believe it would be healthy both for the United States and Israel. Where I take exception with these two professors is their criticism of Israel and her right to self-defense. These two are clearly what we call "anti-Zionists." That is, they question not just Israel's right to defend herself from murderous jihad terrorism, but they bring into question her fundamental right to exist.
The irony of this book is that the authors are suspicious of Israel???s peaceful means of influencing American foreign policy, namely diplomacy, rationale, and lobbyists. Terrorists use violence to influence American foreign policy and this book suggests we listen. The book???s primary position is that terrorism, while wrong, is understandable. It claims that America should not support Israel mainly because it is unpopular among other Middle-eastern countries. The solution became a broken record. When people begin behaving violently to the point of terrorism, no matter how irrational their actions get, no matter how ignorant their justifications may be, no matter how violent their reprisals???.the US should regard this behavior as EQUAL to the democratic self-determinism of Israel. In other words, the US should appease terrorists and stop supporting Israel for strategic reasons???because it might make us more popular with those nations hostile to Israel. 20 hours of THIS point.
I thought the book was totally biased to the point i had to stop reading it. its easy to criticize and throw out allegations when no one can respond to them. there were also some intresting facts that i didnt know existed between the two countrys united states and israel.
As Lebanese Christine, we all know how difficult for our Muslim Arabs to live under the occupation.
We Christine populated Palestine for about 25% of the population. Since Israel came to exists - that number dropped to less then 5%.
We always lived in peace with our Arab Muslims despite what they want you to believe.
I'm now 70 years old and I wish we get a man in the White House that will defy Israel orders and do what's best for the American people.
My hopes that this book will be read by more American people. Please try to pass on this book. It's your U.S. Citizen duty.
God Bless USA
This is a book that I knew I needed to read, but put it off for several years because I thought it would be somewhat boring. I was surprised to find that I didn't want to put it down. In spite of its long length, I found it to be concise and with no extraneous material. Good writers can take any subject and make it compelling. Even listening at 2x the normal speed, it was easy to follow and held my interest.
The authors were objective, honest and brave in broaching a subject that most fear talking about.
He did an excellent job, but mostly he saved me a lot of eye strain.
Definitely...Mearsheimer and Walt provide the facts that expose the racist state of Israel. The Jews aggressively push "multiculturalism" for everyone else, while they promote Jewish racism (with DNA tests) for the "Jewish state of Israel". Christ was definitely correct about calling the Jews "hypocrites" in Matthew 7. No doubt in my mind, the Jews are the biggest hypocrites on planet Earth today!
It's just sad that writing a book critical of Israel or the Jews is considered something "Brave and Heroic". Going all the way back to Freud, the Jews love to "analyze others on the couch" while they can't even look in the mirror themselves. Could you imagine if Germany performed DNA tests on their immigrants to verify that they're ethic Germans; the Jews do it routinely in Israel and no one calls them on their racism! The very first Zionist, Theodor Herzl, was definitely correct about 1 thing: "antisemitism" is a REACTION AND RESPONSE to Jewish behavior.
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.