Manufacturing the Next Big Lie: The “Israel Lobby,” Jews & Iran
Posted: November 11, 2008
Several respected academics have sought to pass off this theory about an all-powerful “Israel lobby” as an intellectual analysis of U.S. foreign policy and the “real” explanation for the heightened tension between the U.S. and Iran.
The most recognized example of this can be found in the book The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, by professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt. Since its release in September 2007, the book has received widespread attention and a warm reception in some academic circles. Many in the far left antiwar and anti-Israel movements pointed to the book as a substantiation of the “Israel lobby’s” far-reaching control and dominance of U.S. foreign policy. With regard to Iran, Walt and Mearsheimer’s conclusions are simple: “In short, if Israel and the lobby were not pressing this case, there would be little serious discussion inside or outside the Beltway about attacking Iran” and the “United States would almost certainly have a different and more effective Iran policy.”
Several other professors have followed up on the allegations made in The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy and have accused the “Israel lobby” of being responsible for pressuring the U.S. to adopt a hostile stance towards Iran. For example, stop “uncritically” supporting Israel’s policies and that are both “self-destructive” to Israel and hazardous to U.S. interests in the Middle East.
Similarly, Hamid Dabashi, a professor of Iranian Studies at Columbia University, wrote an article warning against the “Israel lobby,” which appeared on the online publication of the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram in February 2007. In the article, Dabashi stated:
The practice of anti-war activism throughout the world has hitherto been a periodic and scattered mobilization against one war or other that the U.S./Israel has launched -- very much chasing after the evolving military designs of the neo- conservatives in the U.S., and the reinvigorated Zionists in Israel, and simply reacting to their proactive acts of global terrorism. As we are waiting for the Iran war to happen (or not to happen), it is now perhaps time to step back and take stock of what this transcontinental axis of global terrorism -- the United States of America and the Jewish state of Israel -- is up to and thus rethink the civic manners of opposing and resisting it.