FM: John Whitbeck
Transmitted below is the first balanced analysis of the Mearsheimer/Walt
study which I have in the American (abroad) press.
Not surprisingly, it is written by an Israeli -- and first appeared in
International Herald Tribune <http://www.iht.com>
*America**: So pro-Israel that it hurts *
*Daniel Levy *
*International Herald Tribune *
Monday, April 3, 2006
A recent study entitled "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy"
should serve as a wake-up call on both sides of the ocean. It is
authored by two respected academics - John Mearsheimer of the University
of Chicago and Stephen Walt of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy
School of Government (it appeared first on the Kennedy's School's Web
site, and was then published in the London Review of Books).
The tone of the report is harsh. It is jarring even for a self-critical
Israeli. It lacks finesse and nuance when it looks at the alphabet soup
of the world of American-Jewish organizations and at how the "Lobby"
interacts with both the Israeli establishment and the wider right-wing
The study sometimes takes the purported omnipotence of AIPAC (America
Israel Public Affairs Committee) too much at face value, disregarding
key moments when the United States and Israel were at odds. The study
also largely ignores AIPAC's run-ins with more dovish Israeli
administrations, most notably when it undermined Yitzhak Rabin, and how
its excessive hawkishness is often out of step with mainstream American
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