Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

Consider the Mearsheimer and Walt article, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,” in the readings for Module/Week 5. It has become a controversial article in academic and policy circles with its claim that the lobby influences US foreign policy in detrimental ways. However, the authors have been severely criticized by many policy experts (among others) who rebut their claims. See the bottom of this blog site for these sources: http://jeffweintraub.blogspot.com/2006/04/some-rebuttals-to-mearsheimer-walts.html Complete the following instructions: • Using the sources listed at the bottom of the blog site above as a starting point, read at least 5 or more rebuttals to Mearsheimer and Walt’s argument. You may discover other sources on your own from the library or Internet. • Among the articles read, identify the strongest points against the Israel Lobby argument. • Make these points the basis of your critique of the Israel Lobby argument. What are the limits, problems, or gaps in the Israel Lobby argument?

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