Part I: The Israel Lobby, U.S. Foreign Policy and the War in Gaza

In Part I of a series on the pro-Israel lobby, Stephen Walt, professor of international affairs at Harvard University and co-author, with John Mearsheimer, of the book The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, discusses the effect of the Israel lobby on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and the war in Gaza. The lobby is an informal alliance of various interest groups that work to foster unconditional American support for Israel by pressuring Congress, the executive branch, media institutions, and the academy. Prof. Walt argues that this unconditional support, the hallmark of the U.S.-Israel special relationship, runs counter to U.S. national interests. The consequences, among them the stalled and defunct peace process and U.S. complicity in Israel’s apartheid system and “plausible genocide” in Gaza, have seriously damaged the credibility of the United States and threatened its foreign policy priorities.

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