Shut Up, I’m Talking and Other Diplomacy Lessons I Learned in the Israeli Government

The argument John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt present in The Israel Lobby boils down to this: there exists in the United States an extraordinarily powerful Israel Lobby which regularly ‘checks in’ with Israeli officials about what Israel’s interests are. Once the Israeli officials debrief members of the Lobby, the Lobby ensures that Americans – from the media to the White House – believe that US national interests are identical to Israel’s. Or, as Mearsheimer and Walt put it ‘American Jewish leaders often consult Israeli officials to make sure that their actions advance Israeli goals.’ [1]

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