Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt’s 82-page paper “The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy” has entered the canon of contemporary political culture in the United States. So much, positive and negative, has been written about the March 2006 essay that the phrase “the Mearsheimer-Walt argument” is now shorthand for the idea that pro-Israel advocates exert a heavy—and malign—influence upon the formulation of US Middle East policy. To veteran students of Middle East affairs, this idea is hardly new, of course.

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Mitchell Plitnick, Chris Toensing "“The Israel Lobby” in Perspective," Middle East Report 243 (Summer 2007).