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Agents of Influence

by Claire Berlinski

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 particular. As for the argument that Israelis don’t have America’s interests at heart, let’s fret about that when the Saudis stop financing al-Qaeda.

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