The document was described as a “wake-up call” by Daniel Levy, a former advisor to Prime Minister Ehud Barak of Israel. In an article published on March 25 Haaretz, Levy wrote, “His case is strong: the identification of EE. UU: with Israeli interests can be explained mainly through the effects of lobbying in Washington and the restriction of debate public, rather than the virtue of Israel being a vital strategic asset or having a compelling moral reason to support him. “
Former U.S. Ambassador Edward Peck, now a member of the Independent Institute and the Council for the National Interest, an anti-Israel lobby group, wrote that “The expected tsunami of responses rabies condemned the report, vilified its authors and denying that there is a lobby-validating the existence of the lobby and his aggressiveness, his ubiquitous presence at Harvard obligo to remove your name. ” Peck is in general agreement the central thesis of the article: “Opinions differ on the long-term costs and benefits for both nations, but the views of the lobby over the interests of Israel have become the basis for policies U.S. Middle East. “
Rupert Cornwell in The Independent, welcomed “a debate on support for EE. UU. To Israel” and accused the “Jewish lobby” of the “suppression of serious domestic debate on the relationship between the U.S. and Israel” and “the combination of the conflict with the Palestinians of Israel’s war with U.S.. UU. against terrorism.”
Tony Judt, a historian at the University of New York, wrote in The New York Times, that “despite the provocative title (article), the test is based on a variety of sources and most standards is indisputable.” the question: “Is the Israeli lobby affects our decisions in foreign policy ‘of course, is one of its objectives. … But, does the pressure to support Israel distorts the decisions of EE. UU.” That is a matter of opinion. ” Concludes the essay by taking the perspective that “this essay, by two political scientists’ realistic ‘, without any interest in the Palestinians, is an omen.” And that is not self-evident to future generations of Americans that the imperial power and the international reputation of the United States are so closely aligned with a small and controversial Mediterranean client state. “
Michael Scheuer, a former senior CIA official and now a terrorism analyst for CBS News, told NPR that Mearsheimer and Walt are basically right. Israel, according to Scheuer, has engaged in one of the most successful campaigns to influence public opinion in the United States ever made by a foreign government. Scheuer told NPR that “They (Walt and Mearsheimer) must be a credit for the value they actually have to present a paper on the subject. I hope to move forward and investigate the Saudi lobby, which is probably more dangerous to United States that the Israeli lobby. “
Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security adviser to the president of the U.S. Jimmy Carter, wrote: “Mearsheimer and Walt argue a lot of evidence that over the years, Israel has been the beneficiary of privileged-indeed, highly preferential-financial assistance, out of all proportion to what the United States extends to any other country. The massive aid to Israel is indeed a great law that enriches the relatively prosperous Israelis at the expense of taxpayers. Being fungible money, is also helping many pay settlements to EE. UU. opposes and that impede the peace process. “
In his review in The Times, the journalist Max Hastings wrote “Intelligent Americans again will diminish themselves lazando charges of antisemitism with such recklessness. There will be no peace in the Middle East untilthe United States faces its responsibilities there in a much most of what it does today, partly for the reasons expressed in this sad book. “
Abdulmo’em Abulfotah, a senior official of the Muslim Brotherhood (Sunni Islamist group that, according to the U.S. government was banned, but tolerated by the government of Egypt since late 2005 ) that cree “people who wrote that report were working for the interest of the American people.”
The political commentator Molly Ivins, who expressed support for the proposition Mearsheimer and Walt, who wrote: “In the United States, we do not have ‘full voice’, ‘full voice’ in the debate on Israel … but the truth is that the accusation of anti-Semitism is all too often in this country against anyone who criticizes the government of Israel. Being pro-Israel is no defense, as I long ago learned to my cost.

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