response to mersheimer and walt

Response to - Debunking the Newest – and Oldest – Jewish Conspiracy A Reply to the Mearsheimer-Walt “Working Paper” Alan Dershowitz Harvard

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Unformatted text preview: Debunking the Newest – and Oldest – Jewish Conspiracy: A Reply to the Mearsheimer-Walt “Working Paper” Alan Dershowitz Harvard Law School April 2006 The author of this paper is solely responsible for the views expressed in it. As an academic institution, Harvard University does not take a position on the scholarship of individual faculty members, and this paper should not be interpreted or portrayed as reflecting the official position of the University or any of its Schools. Abstract The working paper by Academic Dean and Professor Stephen Walt and Professor John Mearsheimer presents a conspiratorial view of history in which the Israel Lobby has a “stranglehold” on American foreign policy, the American media, think tanks and academia. In his response, Professor Alan Dershowitz demonstrates that the paper contains three types of major errors: quotations are wrenched out of context, important facts are misstated or omitted; and embarrassingly weak logic is employed. One of the authors of this paper has acknowledged that “none of the evidence represents original documentation or is derived from independent interviews.” In light of the paper’s errors, and its admitted lack of originality, Dershowitz asks why these professors would have chosen to publish a paper that does not meet their usual scholarly standards, especially given the risk – that should have been obvious to “realists” - that recycling these charges under their imprimatur of prominent authors would be featured, as they have been, on extremist websites. Dershowitz questions the authors claims that people who support Israel do not want “an open debate on issues involving Israel.” He renews his challenge to debate the issues. Debunking the Newest – and Oldest – Jewish Conspiracy 1 : A Reply to the Mearsheimer-Walt “Working Paper” by Alan Dershowitz 2 Introduction The publication, on the Harvard Kennedy School web site, of a “working paper,” written by a professor at the Kennedy School and a prominent professor at the University of Chicago, has ignited a hailstorm of controversy and raised troubling questions. The paper was written by two self-described foreign-policy “realists,” Professor Stephen Walt and Professor John Mearsheimer. 3 It asserts that the Israel “Lobby” – a cabal whose “core” is “American Jews” – has a “stranglehold” on mainstream American media, think 1 Article citations reference John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy,” John F. Kennedy School of Government Faculty Research Working Paper Series, March 2006, accessible at http://ksgnotes1.harvard.edu/Research/wpaper.nsf/rwp/RWP06- 011/$File/rwp_06_011_walt.pdf (last viewed March 28, 2006) (hereinafter “Walt & Mearsheimer”)....
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Response to - Debunking the Newest – and Oldest – Jewish Conspiracy A Reply to the Mearsheimer-Walt “Working Paper” Alan Dershowitz Harvard

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