For a lot of years Israel has violated strictly established rules and regulations of international law and has defied countless United Nations resolutions in occupying conquered lands, extra-judicial killings and repeating acts of military aggression.
Majority of the world sees Israeli policies (mainly the oppression of Palestinians), as illegal and unacceptable. This international consensus can be seen in several UN resolutions which condemn Israel and all these have been approved with overwhelming majorities. Only American politicians and media still ardently support defend Israeli policies. Since many years the United States has been providing Israel with essential diplo¬matic, military and financial support which includes more than, on an average, $3 billion of aid each year.
This combination of firm U.S. support towards Israel plus its determination to extend democracy throughout the Middle East has aggravated Arab/Islamic opinion against the United States and jeopardized their security.
This situation is unparalleled in America’s political history. The question is raised that why is the United States willing to jeopardize its own security for the advancement of the interests of another state? It can be assumed that the two countries share a bond based on mutual strategic interests and moral imperatives. However, neither of those explanations can account for the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the United States provides to Israel.
Instead, the overall thrust of U.S. policy in the region is due almost entirely to U.S. domestic politics, and especially to the activities of the “Israel Lobby.” No lobby has managed to divert U.S. foreign policy as far from what the American national interest would otherwise suggest, while simultaneously convincing Americans that U.S. and Israeli interests are essentially identical.
In the pages that follow, it is described how the Lobby has accomplished this feat, and how its activities have shaped America’s actions in this critical region
The facts recounted in this report are not in serious dispute among scholars. Indeed, this account relies heavily on the work of John J. Mearsheimer, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago and Stephen M. Walt, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Israeli scholars and journalists, who deserve great credit for shedding light on these issues. It also relies on evidence provided by respected Israeli and international human rights organizations. Similarly, claims...