America, Israel and the Israel lobby

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The Israel Lobby John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt London: Allen Lane, 2007, £25 This account of the relationship between the ‘Israel lobby’ in the US, the US state and Israel should be required reading for anyone with an interest – personal, professional or political – in the troubled affairs of the Middle […]

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The Case Against Israel, and, The Power of Israel

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The Case Against Israel Michael Neumann Oakland (US): CounterPunch, $15 Edinburgh (UK): AK Press, £10, 2005 The Power of Israel in the United States James Petras Atlanta and Black Point: Clarity Press and Fernwood Books, 2006, $16.95   In a year in which Israel’s attacks on Lebanon and Gaza were accompanied by more stories […]

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Terrorism, Anti-Semitism and Dissent

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[…] Co 1986): ‘During the Iranian hostage crisis in 1980, columnist Jack Anderson quoted “US intelligence reports”, actually supplied by the Israeli embassy by way of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, that the PLO had mined the embassy to frustrate any rescue attempt by the United States. The intelligence reports proved to be bogus.’ […]

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Reflections on the ‘cult of the offensive’

Reflections on the ‘cult of the offensive’: pre-emptive war, the Israel lobby and US military Doctrine In our book, Spies, Lies and the War on Terror,(1) a central theme is the ascendancy of pre-emptive war doctrine in US military strategy and its impact on public perceptions and the construction of political narrative. A parallel […]

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Robert Kennedy and the Middle East connection

[…] transpires, it is worth considering Bobby Kennedy’s own foreign policy platform. By now totally opposed to the Vietnam war, Kennedy held fairly conventional views on support for Israel. He endorsed the controversial sale of 50 Phantom jets to Israel in May 1968; but, like his brother, did not encourage a blank cheque. JFK’s repeated […]

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Blair and Israel

In January 1994, three months before John Smith’s death, the then shadow Home Secretary Tony Blair, with wife Cherie Booth, went on a trip to Israel at the Israeli government’s expense – a trip, incidentally, neither the Sopel nor Rentoul biographies of Blair mentioned. (1) Blair had always been sympathetic to Israel, had shared […]

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Print: Journals and book review

[…] basic parapolitics methodology (read and collate a hell of a lot) applied to Israel’s foreign policy. It is one of the tragedies of the post-war years that Israel should have lined itself up with all the pariah states – perhaps an unavoidable fate given the nature of the US administration these past 8 years […]

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Irangate and Secret Arms-for-Hostage Deal

[…] State Alexander Haig said that the outcome of her case would affect U.S. policy toward Iran (In These Times, June 24-July 7, 1987, p. 13) – and Israel began secret shipments of U.S. arms and spare parts to Iran, approved by Haig, immediately after, in mid-February/March 1981 (San Jose Mercury News, 4/12/87, p.21; Miami […]

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Spook PR

[…] covered, accentuating, without make-up or other artifice, the beauty of her bone structure, prior to her execution. She was shot dead by Palestinian soldiers for allegedly assisting Israel. She left seven children under eighteen orphaned. A spokesman for the Israeli Human Rights Group B’tselem said: ‘If it is true that she was a collaborator, […]

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