Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

Two international affairs experts discussed pro-Israel lobbying and its influence on U.S. attitudes toward the conflict between Israel and… read more

Two international affairs experts discussed pro-Israel lobbying and its influence on U.S. attitudes toward the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Topics included Israel and international law, U.S. neutrality, defining terrorism, and $3 billion per year U.S. aid to Israel. They said there is a loose coalition of individuals and groups lobbying Congress for U.S.-Israel policy. They also said most mainstream media are strongly pro-Israel. U.S. aid to Israel in the recent Hezbollah-Israel military action was described. After their presentations the panelists responded to audience members' questions.

Walt and Mearsheimer wrote an article in the March London Review of Books that raised questions about the power the Israel lobby wields over U.S. foreign policy, saying that the lobbyists try to prevent criticism by claiming anti-Semitism. Their article was also the cover story in the July-August issue of Foreign Policy Magazine. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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  • Nihad Awad Co-Founder and Exec. Dir. Council on American-Islamic Relations
  • John J. Mearsheimer Co-Director University of Chicago->International Security Policy Program
  • Corey Saylor Director Council on American-Islamic Relations->Government Affairs
  • Stephen M. Walt Professor Harvard University->Kennedy (J.F.) School of Government
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Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

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Public Affairs Event
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Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Aug 28, 2006
Last Aired:
Aug 29, 2006

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  • Aug 28, 2006 | 1:01pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Aug 28, 2006 | 9:34pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 29, 2006 | 2:03am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 29, 2006 | 4:59am EDT | C-SPAN 1
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