Remember the ruckus last spring over how the Israel lobby in the US was highjacking US foreign policy? Well, it might get a little louder, because the book is due out next month.
The New York Times reports in Backlash Over Book on Policy for Israel (CommonDreams) that “already anxieties have surfaced about the backlash it is stirring, with several institutions backing away from holding events with the authors.”
“Now that the cold war is over, Israel has become a strategic liability for the United States,” they write. “Yet no aspiring politician is going to say so in public or even raise the possibility” because the pro-Israel lobby is so powerful. They credit the lobby with shutting down talks with Syria and with moderates in Iran, preventing the United States from condemning Israel’s 2006 war in Lebanon and with not pushing the Israelis hard enough to come to an agreement with the Palestinians. They also discuss Christian Zionists and the issue of dual loyalty.