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The Israel lobby

America's unconditional support for Israel runs counter to the interests of the US and its allies. We need an open, unprejudiced debate about it

By Michael Lind   April 2002

Until recently, America’s middle east policy was a peripheral part of its global strategy, which focused on preventing the Soviet Union from intimidating US allies in western Europe and east Asia. Britain was the dominant western power in the middle east until the 1960s, and US influence was countered in much of the region by the Soviet Union until the end of the cold war. The indifference of much of the national security elite and the public to the region, in between crises, permitted US policy to be dominated by two US domestic lobbies, one ethnic and one economic-the Israel…

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