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The Israeli lobby and influence over American political decision-making process is no secret and has been documented and analyzed on numerous occasions in the past.

Many recall last year’s controversial but important essay which caused significant uproar within academic and political circles in America.

The paper (which will expanded and published as a book on the 4 th of September, 2007) titled “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” by John J. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago’s Department of Political Science and Stephen M.Walt of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, highlighted the considerable influence of Israel on the decision-making process in all its stages and forms.

The two authors underline how Israel became a liability to the United States after the end of the cold war and that it had successfully prevented constructive dialogue with moderates in Iran and Syria, and how it also succeeded in preventing the US government from denouncing Israeli aggression on Lebanon in 2006 as well as hampering efforts to resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict

The book is now currently being subjected to an organized media campaign launched by institutions sympathetic to Israel, who are also releasing a book on the same date titled “The Deadliest Lies: The Israel Lobby and the Myth of Jewish Control”

The authors of the rebuttal were able to obtain the services of Israeli-friendly and former US Secretary of State George P. Shultz to write the book’s forward, where he states clearly that the notion that pro-Israel groups “have anything like a uniform agenda, and that U.S. policy on Israel and the Middle East is the result of their influence, is simply wrong,”. The former secretary of state goes on to say that “This is a conspiracy theory pure and simple, and scholars at great universities should be ashamed to promulgate it.”

Opponents of the book have also pressured a number of organizations from hosting discussions about the book including some Jewish houses of worship.

The release of this book is an important landmark in publishing, which strongly documents the new rise of the Israeli lobby. In the current era of President George Bush Jr., the pro-Israel lobby has been disguised in an academic façade in an unprecedented fashion, which in turn has invaded the US decision-making process through the neoconservatives.

This has resulted in many of these neoconservative figures reaching the highest and most important positions within the US government (although there is a state of popular discontent and anger amongst them because of the negative results of their policies).

The book is a milestone and a realistic interpretation that showcases Israel’s control over Middle East-resolutions in American foreign policy. No matter how much these policies have been decorated by statements and objective slogans, what rally matters were the results. The book is an important accomplishment and deserves to be read very carefully because it supports reality with documented evidence and arguments.

Hussein Shobokshi

Hussein Shobokshi

Hussein Shobokshi is a businessman and prominent columnist. Mr. Shobokshi hosts the weekly current affairs program Al-Takreer on Al-Arabiya, and in 1995 he was chosen as one of the "Global Leaders for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum. He received his BA in Political Science and Management from the University of Tulsa.

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