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John J. Mearsheimer - The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy under Obama
The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy
The Israel Lobby," by John J. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen M. Walt of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, was one of the most controversial articles in recent memory. Originally published in the London Review of Books in March , it provoked both howls of outrage and cheers of gratitude for challenging what had been a taboo issue in America: the impact of the Israel lobby on U.
It would appear that the influence Israel has on American politics is purely external, a special relationship, akin to that shared by Britain and America, based on mutual interests in foreign policy rooted in shared values. Two leading American professors of international relations, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, disagree fundamentally with this assessment. The traditional argument for American support for Israel is based on the moral case that both nations have shared values, and also due to the fact that Israel is a vital strategic asset for America. Both these factors are dismissed by the authors stating that the strategic value Israel once had is now redundant in the post Cold War era. Considering the timing of the book, the Iraq invasion and the Bush re-orientation of American foreign policy feature heavily in the analysis. In that sense, Mearsheimer and Walt argue that the lobby was the key variable in making the Iraq war happen when it joined the domestic American neoconservative chorus. Where this applies to Iran is ever more important.