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The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance that Undermines America’s Interests in the Middle East, by Mitchell Bard (Harper, 432 pp., $27.99)


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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.


Contents
January 24, 2011    |     Volume LXIII, No. 1

Articles
  • Evicting the president in 2012 will not be easy.
  • Strategy and tactics for the new House majority.
  • Our economy and culture would benefit from its remembrance.
  • The Khodorkovsky trial exposes the ugly truth of Putin’s Russia.
  • In memoriam.
Features
Books, Arts & Manners
  • Glenn Harlan Reynolds reviews Gray Lady Down: What the Decline and Fall of the New York Times Means for America, by William McGowan.
  • Claire Berlinski reviews The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance that Undermines America’s Interests in the Middle East, by Mitchell Bard.
  • Helen Rittelmeyer reviews Pathology of the Elites: How the Arrogant Classes Plan to Run Your Life, by Michael Knox Beran.
  • Ryan T. Anderson reviews Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives, by Annie Murphy Paul.
  • Ross Douthat reviews The King's Speech and True Grit.
  • John Derbyshire fills a hole.
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Editorial  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .