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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    REQUIRED READING!

    This is the book that every congressman should be required to read - It might prevent us from being pulled into an unnecessary war with Iran.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2009

    The most reveling book for those who ignore a lot of truths

    This book is written by people I know, I am glad one of them is a jew, who wants peace and loves America first. A must read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2008

    Refreshing call for honest discussion

    Superbly researched and well written, the book is the long overdue start of an open, rational debate on US foreign policy towards Israel, a topic that is sadly discussed far too little given the magnitude of its global importance.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2008

    Appallling and Obvious & Israel's Bogus Iraqi WMD reports

    It's a slwo political read. But it keeps tweaking you with anger. How can this be happening. Are the writers making this up _ NO!!! The book was very well written and factually cited. It's ironic. If certain groups get criticized, you become a racist, antisemite,etc. A very good offense to avoid anyone questioning what they're doing. We turn a blind eye to so much we shouldn't (e.g. human rights violations, war crimes, Israel's own nuclear weapons program, etc.) and no country could see us as being fair and unbiased where Israel is involved. A little objectivity with Israel's actions would go a long way towards US influence as a truely fair world leader. Startling is the circumstance that the US is so politically and willfully ignorant it blindly rubber stamp EVERYTHING Israel does. It's like no other US ally nation. The Arab population living in the militray superpower of the area nuclear-armed Israel and are officially treated as 'filthy people' with inferior citizenship rights 'denial of property ownership rights' just for the Arabs living in Israel. The Israeli government and many of its people are institutionalized hypocrites on human rights on its own Arab citizenry. Israeli attrocities like the recent Lebanon invasion and the military's civilian overkill of Arabs get frwoned upon by the US. That's it as the US $ keeps rolling in. Israel's forbidden use of US supplied cluster bombs are STILL killing the Arab civilian population, many children, in Lebanon proves the US uses absolutely no influence despite our $ billion unconditionally sent year after year. Accordingly the US loses all credibility in the Middle East due to this. PREDICTION: We are in Iraq TO STAY, if Israel has its way. We ignored our own intelligence telling us Sadam had NO WMD's. And used false and self-serving Israeli Intell reports of Sadam's biological weapons of mass destruction. We invaded and we got had by Israel. No wonder Collin Powell quit. And if this all holds true. We will be keeping a strong military prsence in Iraq indefinitely no matter who is elected president. This has been Israel's desire for more than a decade. I'd like to re-read this PREDICTION 2 years from now with either McCain, Hillary or Obama in the White House and say- SEE WE ARE STILL THERE! Oye!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2008

    Disturbing

    This is a disturbing book. The writers insist upon -- repeatedly -- their commitment both to Israel's survival and to America's support for that survival. They also, however, question the extent of that support and the bases for it. Israel's strategic value, they claim, has evaporated in the post-Cold War world. Its claim of moral superiority -- always questionable, given the role of Jewish terrorists in creating the State of Israel -- is undermined by its oppression and atrocities in Gaza and the West Bank. Its claim to be a democratic state is refuted by its denial of equal rights to non-Jews. And its support of espionage against the United States, as well as its sale of American military technology to Communist China, suggest it is not a reliable ally. The writers expected charges of 'anti-Semitism' for criticizing America's uncritical support of Israeli militarism and indiscriminate killing of Palestinians. They've received it -- in spades. It's undeserved. This is a moderate, well-reasoned, and heavily documented study. It includes over 100 pages of small-type notes documenting its findings. The book, in fact, spends little ink on the most damning incident in US-Israeli relations: the bombing of the USS Liberty, an action approved at the highest level of the Israel government and designed to hide evidence of Israel's responsibility for starting the 1967 'six day war.'

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2008

    Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

    I love the way W&M set the record straight, notably, that US support of Israel was the reason for the 9/11 attacks. It's also great to see that this book has gotten a much higher rating that Foxman's book. Talk about lies! People like Foxman want to preserve their power by hiding it. They think we are deaf, dumb and blind. Thanks to W&M for opening our eyes to the truth. Btw, isn't it about time the opponents of the zionist lobby got together and formed our own countervailing groups? Join the MSN group The New American patriots.

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  • Posted November 22, 2010

    Page 12. Arab world is idealized by the authors. Jews were oppressed in the entire Arab world, in fact in the entire Muslim world.

    From time to time Jews were not oppressed in parts of the Christian (Communist) world (Modern era only).
    Page 16-17
    Arab national aspirations in Palestine are sufficiently satisfied by the viable Palestinian Kingdom of Jordan (Jordan is the river bisecting Palestine) and by the full autonomy of Gaza, Ramallah, Jericho, Bethlehem and other Arab-speaking areas in the Western Palestine. Arab-speaking areas in Nazareth, Lod, Jaffa, Umm el Fahm are protected
    Page 18
    Nuclear Iran will dominate the Persian Gulf which Arabs call the Arab Gulf.
    The response to the Hezbollah bloody attack on the Israeli soil (violating the international boundary approved by the UN between Lebanon and Palestine) was morally right. Its scope was "called to life" (to death and destruction) by Hezbollah planners and executives.
    Page 342
    "Ending the Israel-Arab conflict" is not written in a balanced way.
    The authors should have known that the Palestinian Kingdom of Jordan attacked Israel in spite of Israeli request not to do so in 1967.
    In 2005 Israel vacated all the Egyptian conquests made in Palestine in 1948. Since the aggression of the Palestinian Kingdom, Syria and Iraq Israel has no moral obligation not to settle the lands where Palestinian Jews were not allowed to live under Ottoman, British or Arab government.

    The following haibun may help to see another angle.
    Haibun for BBC World Service (April 22, 2010 broadcast about Gaza).

    slanted sunbeam
    her nostrils divider
    becomes translucent

    On the day when the missiles operated by the infiltrators from the Free Gaza State landed in Aqaba (Palestinian Kingdom of Jordan) instead of its sister city of Eilat (Palestinian State of Israel) the British Broadcasting Corporation aired its segment about a Californian Jew bringing his gift of surfing boards to the Gaza kids.
    The mighty radio station mentioned the "Israeli blockade" of Gaza twice!
    But what about the Gaza border with Egypt?
    Almost anything can be delivered in and out of the Gaza Strip there.
    The Egyptian government issues visas and permits to enter the Sinai Peninsula and to enter Gaza liberated by the Egyptian army in 1948.
    The Free State of Gaza got the border with the Sinai where Egyptian soldiers and police are stationed. The following military personnel are guarding the Sinai Peninsula:
    Australia - 25 personnel based at Force HQ (departing in 1986 and returning in 1993 replaced in the interim by a contingent from the United Kingdom)
    Canada - 28 personnel within the Force and Contingent HQs in addition to the Operations, Liaison, V.I.P. Visit Office, Air Traffic Control, Transport, Support and Personnel Branches .
    Colombia - Infantry battalion (COLBATT) - 358 personnel
    Fiji - Infantry battalion (FIJIBATT) - 329 personnel
    France - 15 personnel based at Force HQ and with the fixed wing unit
    Hungary - Military Police Unit - 41 personnel
    Italy - Coastal Patrol Unit with 75 personnel and 4 ships: ITS Vedetta, ITS Sentinella, ITS Staffetta and ITS Esploratore
    New Zealand - 27 personnel divided between support battalions and Training and Advisory Team.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2010

    Nobel material

    These authors should receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

    This book is courageous and informative and far too little read by the public.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2008

    Useful study of the Israel lobby

    In 2006, John Mearsheimer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and Stephen Walt, Professor of International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, wrote an essay in the London Review of Books on the Israel lobby. This generated a huge controversy, so they wrote this book to provide more evidence for their claim that the lobby harms US and Israeli interests. Chapter 1 details the US state¿s aid to Israel: $154 billion, mostly grants, 75% military. Israel is the largest recipient of US aid '$500 per person per year', even though Israel ranks 29th in the world by income. Chapter 2 asks whether Israel is a strategic asset to the USA, and concludes that it may have been during the Cold War, but is now a liability. Chapter 3 asks whether the US state backs Israel because of their shared values, or because Israel is `for peace¿, and answers no to both. Chapters 4, 5 and 6 examine the lobby¿s members, activities, funding and its influence on policy-making in Washington and on the public through the media and academia. Part II studies the lobby¿s role in shaping recent US policy in the Middle East, and its effects. Chapter 7 examines the lobby¿s hostility to the Palestinians and shows how it has neutered any hints of US support for the two-state solution. Chapter 8 looks at how the lobby, among others, urged the disastrous attack on Iraq. Chapter 9 examines the lobby¿s hostility to negotiations with Syria and Chapter 10 looks at its threats to Iran. Chapter 11 studies the US state¿s unconditional support for Israel¿s attack on Lebanon. War supporters lied that US policy `reflected the will of the American people¿, but most Americans did not back the war, though the Clintons did. Finally, in Chapter 12 the authors note that US interests are to keep the oil flowing, discourage the spread of WMD and reduce anti-US terrorism. Current US policies, promoted by the lobby, fuel anti-Americanism, increase the terrorist threat and encourage the spread of WMD. These policies have not been in either US or Israeli interests. As the authors write, ¿Enabling Israel¿s refusal to recognize the Palestinians¿ legitimate aspirations has not made Israel safer.¿ Unfortunately, none of the presidential candidates wants any change in US Middle East policy. All uncritically support Israel. The authors propose a better policy: withdraw US forces from the Middle East and press Israel to withdraw from occupied Palestine. They urge the USA to treat Israel as a normal state, reduce its aid dramatically, and oppose its settlement policy and apartheid `wall¿. Mearsheimer and Walt make a very good case that the Israel lobby is both effective and counter-productive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2007

    Courageous and long overdue

    This book is courageous, honest and way over due!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2007

    Outstanding!

    A refreshing and well researched perspective on an issue largely ignored or covered up by our media and goverment. A breath of fresh air after listening to our elected political hypocrites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2008

    Very good read

    I was uninformed and curious about the ongoing conflict between the Jews and Palestinian cause in Israel and wanted to gain a broader prospective and opinion of the struggle. This book furnishes an unbiased assesment of the hypocrisy of the US and the unehtical behavior of the Jewish state towards Arabs in the last 60 years. I'm impressed with the research and dedication put into the work and the courage to present the facts to the American people. I encourage everyone to read this to get a complete perspective of our foreing policy in the Middle East. Great read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2007

    Long Overdue for Public Discussion

    Some think the authors went too far but this subject needs to be out in the open.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    Finally The Truth Is Told

    Considering the power the Jews hold in America it is amazing this book was published. The Jews make up only 3% of the American population, but hold a greatly disproportion of power over and in our government. This power cost the American taxpayer billions of dollars and involves America in an arrangement with Israel that does not serve America's interest and in fact is unhealthy! This book is way over due and needs to be read by every American. The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy tells it like it truly is and backs up what it says. After reading this book I think we all know who the negative reviewers are and why they would rather the truth remain hidden. As for myself: Five Stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2008

    outstanding and courageous

    A courageous and well written book, great research, great read. An eye opener to the intelligent, and moderate Jewish community, bombarded by the Isreali propaganda machine. this book helps to to see through the predicable expected howl that anything that criticizes isreal is antisemitic. I found it thoughtful, and interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

    Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

    This may not be the first example of courageous resistance to the pro-Israel lobby see They Dared to Speak Out. But it is undoubtedly the best. I've noticed that critics of the book tend to be Jews or Israelis. Those with a vested interest in trying to discredit it can hardly be fair or objective. But at least one Israeli, Avnery, wrote an excellent, favorable review in The American Conservative. I consider it prophetic. By the way, readers sympathetic to the Arabs and interested in history--and the future-- should check out EGYPT AT WAR 1973.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

    Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

    Walt and Mearsheimer wrote their courageous book in the hope it would awaken more Americans to a national disgrace-- our country is largely controlled by those who consider it of less importance than their favorite little foreign country--and begin a process of rectification. While the two scholars display courage that puts our politicians to shame, frankly I'm not optimistic they'll put AIPAC in its place before its too late. Face it, it'll take much more than a book to break the stranglehold of the pro-Israel bunch. It'll take a major calamity. And it's coming...Right now, the traitorous lobbies are opposed by only a relatively small group of highly informed people. After disaster strikes, they'll face a revolution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

    A must read for all Americans

    This book is a must read not just for political science majors, but for all Americans. We need to hear more than just the pro-Israeli side of the story! I sincerely hope that the recommendations made in the book are implemented so that we have some positive changes in U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2007

    A reviewer

    Anyone comparing this book to Hitler's is quite ridiculous and obviously didn't read it. It also makes the exact point of the authors, using anti-Semitism as a halt to any fair discussion about Israel. This is a very well researched book that is a must read for anyone interested in U.S. foreign policy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2007

    OUTSTANDING !!!

    This book provides the reader with an EXCELLENT education on the subject. If you have any interest in U.S foreign policy and are looking for a book that is cogent, unbiased, and well reasearched, then this book is a MUST READ!

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