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Brittany Stephen 7/20/2010 PSC 332 “The War Over Israel’s Influence” by Mearsheimer/Walt I. Thesis: Mearsheimer and Walt say that the U.S. policy in the Mid-East is dominated by the influence of the pro-Israel lobby. II. Support a. Every year, the U.S. gives Israel a level of support that far exceeds what it provides to other states. i. Israel still receives about $3 billion in U.S. aid each year. ii. They were a strategic asset during the Cold War and a strategic burden during the war on terror. iii. The generosity cannot be fully explained on strategic or moral levels. b. Groups in the lobby direct campaign contributions to encourage politicians to adopt pro-Israel positions.
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Unformatted text preview: i. They discredit or marginalize anyone who criticizes U.S. support for Israel. ii. Neoconservatives played key roles in making the case for war. iii. We believe the U.S. would not have attacked Iraq without their efforts. iv. AIPAC (American-Israel Public Affairs Committee) III. Ross a. Neither the Israel lobby nor neoconservatives convinced Bush to go to war. b. The lobby doesn’t always get its way. IV. Brzezinski a. Aid to Israel is a huge entitlement that enriches the Israelis at the cost of the American taxpayer. b. This money also pays for settlements that America opposes and that impede the peace process....
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