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Our lobby, his lobby

The Israel Lobby authors reply to Gershom Gorenberg's criticisms in the last issue of Prospect

In his essay “A liberal Israel lobby” (Prospect, April 2008), Gershom Gorenberg makes a number of false charges about our book The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy.

First, he claims that we “overstated” the lobby’s influence. “Perhaps the most striking flaw,” he writes, “is that Mearsheimer and Walt accept Aipac’s own claims regarding its power and who it represents.” Our book contains an abundance of evidence demonstrating the lobby’s power, and we did not simply take the word of officials from Aipac (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee). We presented testimony from a wide variety of congressmen, congressional staffers,…

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