Magazine January 24, 2011, Issue

Agents of Influence

Oil tanks are seen at the Saudi Aramco headquarters during a media tour at Damam city, Saudi Arabia, November 11, 2007. (Ali Jarekji/Reuters)
The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance that Undermines America’s Interests in the Middle East, by Mitchell Bard (Harper, 432 pp., $27.99)

In 2007, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt published The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy. Its arguments are by now familiar — actually, they were always familiar: powerful, disloyal Jews; too many of them; bad for America. The book was, predictably and drearily, a bestseller.

In this rejoinder, Mitchell Bard, the former editor of AIPAC’s weekly newsletter, taps into a longstanding outrage and says the obvious: Walt, Mearsheimer, you’re out of your minds. Whatever power, money, and influence the Jewish lobby wields in America is eclipsed by the power, money, and influence of the enemies of the Jews, Saudi Arabia in

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Claire Berlinski — Berlinski is a journalist who lives in Istanbul. She is the author of Menace in Europe: Why the Continent’s Crisis Is America’s, Too, and There Is No Alternative: Why Margaret Thatcher Matters.

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