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Israel lobby: part 2

The idea that the Israel lobby has undue influence over US foreign policy, as argued by Michael Lind in April, is historically and politically illiterate. The US supports Israel because it is in its own interests to do so

By Adam Garfinkle   78

The late Robert Nisbet once wrote that while a half brick is not as useful as a whole one, it can be thrown twice as far. I was reminded of this remark when I read Michael Lind’s essay (Prospect, April 2002) on the Israel lobby. Lind makes a half-brick sort of point, and tries to throw it very far indeed.

The point-that there is an influential pro-Israel lobby in the US, and that it distorts US policy and harms US national interests-is, of course, not new. It has been advanced for years in this country, not least by the late…

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