Breaking the Taboo: Why We Took On the Israel Lobby

John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt explain in this interview why they decided to speak out against the close relationship between the U.S. and Israel.

Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. economic and military assistance, having received more than $154 billion in U.S. aid since its creation in 1948, and it currently receives roughly $3 billion in direct U.S. assistance every year, even though it is now a prosperous country. The United States also consistently gives Israel diplomatic support, and consistently comes to its aid in wartime, as it did during the 2006 war in Lebanon. Most important, U.S. ... Full Story »

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Peter Henry
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by Peter Henry - Oct. 1, 2008

Well-written interview of Walt and Mearsheimer presents their main points about the strength of the Israeli Lobby and what they feel should be U.S. policy towards Israel and the Middle East. They state the reason there has been little public debate on U.S. policy and on the Israeli lobby is fears of charges of anti-semitism. But they don't talk about the power of this taboo - how prominent speakers such as Desmond Tutu, President Carter, Walt & Meirsheimer etc. can have their events threatened or cancelled, nor why politicians who address issues of balance towards the Palestinians have their careers destroyed.

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Kaizar Campwala
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by Kaizar Campwala - Oct. 1, 2008

The thesis of "The Israel Lobby" is presented in a balanced, objective way in this interview. The criticism of the book is not discussed in detail.

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Patricia Blochowiak
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by Patricia Blochowiak - Oct. 1, 2008

In an interview, we only expect to read the point of view of the interviewee(s). Thus, this is good journalism because it is extremely good at explaining the point of view of the two people being interviewed. It gives background information, context, interpretation of other sources, etc.

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Judith Davidsen
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by Judith Davidsen - Oct. 1, 2008

I'm glad Mearsheimer and Walt are continuing to raise the issue, but am I the only one who thinks that being interviewed by their own editor makes this publicity rather than journalism?

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Pamela de Maigret
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by Pamela de Maigret - Oct. 1, 2008

Two distinguished professors and men of concience explain why they took a very unpopular position and the ugly price in defamation and abuse thay have paid. Yet their book has opened the floodgate of criticism about the Israely Lobby, that had been suppressed by Jewish pressure.

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Rebecca Hale
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by Rebecca Hale - Oct. 1, 2008

This is a careful and in depth 4 page interview about a well researched and internationally influential book, which has also quickly become a BestSeller.

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Joe Silverman
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by Joe Silverman - Oct. 1, 2008

as if the anti-israel forces do not have sufficient allies. consider (1) most members of the EU, (2) almost the entire UN, (3) the muslim alliance, (4) the arab league, (5) almost all former US diplomats to mid-east countries (other than israel), (6) at least half the academics in university mid east area studies, (7) most politically inclined academics in the humanities and arts, and (8) all saudi funded organizations, mosques, madrasas in US and elsewhere. maybe M&W can take a whack at the anti-israel lobbies...but probably not...they're making a good living and being widely feted.

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